Hope and intentions | Dandenong Star Diary
by Sister Seema Sharma of the Brahma Kumaris Center for Spiritual Learning
What we love most about this column of hope is the limitless way it allows us to reconcile the fact that there is an imperishable reservoir of goodwill within every human being that allows the energy of spirit to emerge and overcome the obstacles that come our way.
However, it falls back on intention.
While good intentions, good will, and “for the greater good” can sometimes seem mythical and unachievable when we have the right mindset with intention, method, and determination, we can achieve our goal.
“Intention” is a word we hear every day – “I didn’t intend to”, “it wasn’t my intention”…
Intention needs attention before doing, just as good will needs kindness and will before doing. The Great Good needs the greatness of thoughts, words and deeds before delivering the goods (deeds).
For there to be hope, you have to have good intentions because hope is a powerful and positive energy that is reinforced by good actions.
It’s hard to have hope when my actions aren’t aligned with my thoughts/intentions.
Consider these simple steps:
• Recognize the action before doing it; ask yourself how you would achieve it, the right words and actions that would go with it.
• Check the reality – is it possible? Is it worth it.
• Calculate the opportunity cost – what will be gained and what will be a loss.
• Check and change – be flexible when performing the act; check if your actions are still aligned with your intentions.
Most of the time we have good intentions and sometimes when we lose hope it helps to remember a past event where, in the face of a difficult situation, we came out on top.
How did we do this?
Remember, remember and invoke that hope.
Bring out the strength and resilience we know we have, to win again.
Always try to have plans; most of the time we have a plan, but we don’t have a backup.
But above all, never let hope die.
There is always a next time if we keep hope; we can keep trying until we succeed or until we are no longer interested.
In which case we can move on.
We can ask ourselves, “What will happen if I consciously keep thoughts of hope and good as my intention?”