I just read this blog about the Bouquet of good intentions. I had to weep after reading it because it moved me so much. It was so close and dear to my heart. I have struggled to be a good wife and mother and I think of things to try to improve and sometimes never get around to doing them. This blog let me know that I'M NOT A BAD PERSON AFTER ALL. Thanks Macrina!
From under the Sycamore Tree Blog
A Bouquet of Good Intentions
My community retreat is now over and for some unknown reason I spent a good portion of the retreat praying about all of my GOOD INTENTIONS. I don't know who came up with that silly saying, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." It isn't true! Why do we so often think about things in negative terms? We could just as easily say that the road to heaven is paved with the seeds of good intentions. Seeds take time to germinate. The seeds we plant in the earth require a time of waiting before they are able to blossom. Likewise, the good intentions that fall into our hearts may not blossom immediately (for many reasons). This does not mean we should forget them
Obviously these good intentions have come from God whose name can be found in the word, good. Just because they were given to me and yet remain unfulfilled does not mean they are dead intentions. They are still good. So let's ponder together some of our good intentions. In the midst of our busy lives they visit us like guardian angels. If we have not adequately brought these good intentions to fruition today, there is always tomorrow or the next day, or even the next month or two. They have come to us for a reason and we are the ones who can help them to blossom.
Today I am making a bouquet of my good intentions. I will print them out and put them on my bulletin board as a reminder that it is never too late to bring them to birth.
- Write a real letter to someone in my address book.
- Go for an early morning walk at least once a week.
- Devise a regular schedule for writing..
- Visit Jackie.
- Send a card of support to our spiritual directors.
- Call Mary soon.
- Affirm someone every day.
- Work in the soup kitchen once in awhile
- Visit our Sisters in the infirmary at least once a week.
- Write on my blog at least once a week.
- Design an 'on-line' retreat experience.
- Listen to others with my very best presence.