Intention v. Impact

2017. New year's resolutions: Health, New Beginnings, Impact. 

I went to a powerful training in early December, one of the many desperate actions I've been taking to make sense of a confusing and disappointing world. It was called, "Building Community Power and Resiliency in the Face of Adversity." In the first of six workshops, I delved into what it means to move beyond being an ally in the fight for racial, and therefore environmental, justice. 

Of the many difficult and insightful teachings, I unpacked the difference between intention and impact. We can have the best intention but simply MEANING well doesn't DO anything. The instructor gave an example. Right after the election, there was the "Safety Pin" movement to show solidarity with anyone who felt in danger because of gender, race, sexuality, disability or religion. The instructor asked, "What was the action behind this? Pinning a safety pin. Nothing more." 

True, I thought, when I simply intend to do something, nothing is changed by it. Unless I actually ACT on my intentions, there are no results. So I pass this little insight onto you. Whether you are taking 2017 by the horns and trying to fight for environmental justice and human tolerance, or you are simply trying to rally the effort to begin an application to a fellowship, know that intentions are nothing if you don't act on them.