The-road-to-hell-isMost people have good intentions.

They want to be good parents and intend to spend time with their kids, encourage them in their education and interests, give them boundaries and discipline, and help them to feel valued and loved.

They want to have good careers, with the aim to work hard, add value to clients and maximise their skills in a way that makes the world a better place.

They want to be good Christians/Muslims/Buddhists/Hindus/Humanists, with the intention of following the tenets of their beliefs and making time for their spiritual life.

They want to be good citizens, understanding the need to be law-abiding, tax-paying contributors to society.

We want to lose weight, to read more, to become better people.

Conversely, there are things that we actually do that we didn’t really want to.  We didn’t mean to say or do a certain thing, but we did, despite our best intentions.

We don’t mean to get it wrong, we want to do the right thing.

There’s an old saying that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Intentions don’t matter.

Actions do.

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