What is the quality of your intent?

Thurgood Marshall asked:

“What is the quality of your intent? 

Certain people have a way of saying things that shake us at the core. Even when the words do not seem harsh or offensive, the impact is shattering. What we could be experiencing is the intent behind the words. When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us must come to realize is that our intent always comes through. We cannot sugarcoat the feelings in our heart of hearts. The emotion is the energy that motivates. We cannot ignore what we really want to create. We should be honest and do it the way we feel it. What we owe to ourselves and everyone around is to examine the reasons of our true intent.

My intent will be evident in the results.”

Amen Thurgood Marshall.  I agree that we must own our words and deeds with an integrity that cannot be denied.  That doesn’t mean our words and deeds are then without fault, it merely means we own them.  It is about being genuine in your approach and acknowledging your role in the outcome of interactions you participate in.  It is about accountability, clarity, trustworthiness and being forthright.

I was chatting with my friend Carolyn Harshman at the IAEM Conference about her intent.  Carolyn served as the IAEM Conference Chair for six years.  This was her last year as chair of the conference.  Many folks are sorry to see her retire from this position as she added such a fabulous burst of energy and joy to the event.  Carolyn approached the conference in the same way she approaches all things she does  – with a clear sense of the quality of her intent. 

Carolyn operates with integrity and she seeks to make others around her comfortable and to make them laugh – often hysterically.  She is known for her self-deprecating humor that can quickly reduce a group to tears from laughing so hard.  Carolyn intends to spread happiness and laughter and it is evident in the results.

As you go about the world remember that the quality of your intent is evident in the results you get.  If you don’t like the results, look back to your intent and ask yourself if it was genuine…if it was true in your “heart of hearts.”  We are not perfect people, but in self-examination we can often learn to be better human beings. 

My intent here on my blog is to be genuine in my strengths and weaknesses; to applaud those worth applauding; to question the absurdities I perceive in the world; to examine matters worth a second look; to maximize the value of humor in life; and, to not take myself too seriously.  I hope that my intent is evident in the results. 

Day eight hundred and sixty-five of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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One Response to What is the quality of your intent?

  1. Barbara says:

    Many thanks for this one! I’m printing it and keeping it handy–for “centering” myself in the morning and again at night (at least).

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