Hell in the Rearview Mirror

You’ve all heard the maxim, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” If this is so, then I’m on the slippery slope to it and descending fast. I once again heard of the passing of another friend that I had been meaning to contact to say hello but never did. I had the best of intentions, but never acted on it. It’s chastised me enough to try to never let that happen again. But since I am prone to procrastination and laziness, my resolve is surely to weaken over time.

Where did that phrase originate? Some say it was St. Bernard of Clairvaux circa 1150. A similar thought was penned by Virgil years before: “The descent to hell is easy.” So, really, it’s a problem humans have been dealing with for centuries. But here’s a second definition of the phrase that I think applies to MS’ers: “Good intentions, when acted upon, may have unforeseen bad consequences.” (paraphrased from Wikipedia)

An excerpt from True Stories of Good Intentions Gone Bad written someday by me:  Jan decides to stop being a sloth and establishes an exercise regimen. She pops in an exercise dvd, grabs her hand-held weights, does the prescribed regimen, then promptly pulls a muscle in her back thus regressing her once again into slothdom.

Jan also decides to start eating a healthier diet. She happily chomps into fresh fruit and fiber bars, drinks lots of liquids to hydrate the ol’ bod, then really promptly has intimate, meaningful visits to the powder room. (Didn’t I genteelly write that? The reality of it had far less romance associated to it.)

I can’t be the only one who sincerely wants to improve my physical condition but does so in fits and starts. How old does one have to be to grasp the folly of that? I think I have to resolutely work on eliminating procrastination from my life as well as moderately implementing those good intention to avoid disaster.

Bernie and Virg might have understood human nature, but I like these maxims better: “A good intention is often good wisdom,” or “Hell is full of good meanings and wishes, but heaven is full of good works.” (both are anonymous quotes)

But I like this one even better: “The road to hell lacks Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, so back up and head to Hershey, PA , USA, for salvation.” (Miss Jan 2014)

I never said my intentions were all pure.



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. John
    Oct 28, 2014 @ 14:41:37



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