I’m sure you’ve heard the expression that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. That saying springs to mind to me today because today, I learned that someone was casting aspersions on me because I helped someone out. I was contacted by someone who asked for my advice. I spent about 15-20 minutes giving my thoughts and counsel, and then went about my business, really never giving it a second thought. But it came back to bite me in the ass. My advice was past along to someone else who felt that my advice meant that I was saying this 3rd person wasn’t doing a good job. Well, maybe they weren’t doing a good job, because the person who asked my advice apparently thought not, which is why they were talking to me and asking me what I would do different. And most of my advice wasn’t about what I’d do differently, but what MORE I would do, given that what had already been done had not yet given the result they were looking for. Anyway, this third party essentially felt I was saying they were doing a bad job – but actually, I thought they were doing an OK job, so far as they’d gone, but more needed to be done. I don’t want to bore you with all the details. I feel that my advice was sound, and I know that at least some of my advice was followed, and I think they’ll end up with a better result – but now someone else is hurt and upset. Totally unintentionally, and I do wish that the person who I’d given the advice had just kept me out of it after the advice was given, but no, this person chose to share the source of the advice they’d received and now here we are. But that’s OK. Once I change out of this suit I’m wearing today, I am going to put it all behind me. Because sayings like “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” are kind of implicitly designed to stop people with good intentions from acting on those intentions. And while we can certainly get burned when we act in good faith, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t act. It is often so easy NOT to act, to just sit idly by, to say “I don’t want to get into it” which is why I guess people stand by as they watch other people get robbed on the street and stuff or harassed by racists or whatever. Look, we all need to have a servant’s heart. I think we were put here on this Earth to help people – to serve them. Serving people is a way of showing love; love is serving other people. Two sides of the same coin. So please don’t stop with the kindness. You’ll get burned, you’ll get bit, from time to time. But don’t let that dissuade you. Let’s all make this world a better place.
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