Good Intentions Only!


Why do we accept obscure drawings from kids who can barely spell our names?  Why don’t we get offended when our best friend calls us a trick?  Why is it funny when a child says their first bad word or a prank is played?  It’s probably because we know the intentions behind it all.  A kid might not know how to spell your name and your hand might be portrayed as being three times smaller than your neck, but they made the drawing for you with love.  They were in a positive and creative state of mind with the intention of showing you that.  Your best friend may call you a trick, but they’re really just expressing their shallow frustration that lasts a grand total of two seconds.  They don’t actually think you’re a horrible person.  They just feel comfortable enough to express themselves in that way.  When a prank is pulled off or a child curses, it means nothing.  No harm is intended.  Pranks are meant to spark laughter, while children don’t know what those bad words mean.  It all has to do with the intention and the state of mind of the person in action.

If a person does something with the best intentions at heart and they mean no harm to you, then how can their actions be negative?  If something is done and created with love, optimism, and positivity, then the product can only equal the same.  When you’re happy, draw a picture and the picture is bound to be filled with joy.  Write when you’re optimistic and whatever you come up with has no choice but to be inspiring.  Spend time with others whenever you feel the light and your positive vibes will definitely rub off on those people.  On the other hand, if you’re being pessimistic, you will certainly bring the mood of others down.  You may use eloquent words when you speak, but the sarcastic tone will weigh heavier, revealing what you really want to say.  Anger, sadness, and envy can downplay any positive word to make the intention a bad one, while happiness and optimism will shine into any good intention.

You may think that something looks or sounds pretty, but, if it was created in a dark state, then can it really be that good?  The person must have had negative energy that was being put into whatever is “pretty,” making it a haven for vibes you should stay away from.  Something may not be the most appealing on the surface, but, if it’s creator was filled with light, then dig a little deeper and you’ll find the positivity that they felt.  The thought put behind the product is what truly determines how you should feel when you encounter it.

The simplest example I could give you is probably music.  Some musicians may feel angry, so they feel the need to write and produce.  The end product may sound impressive and full of energy that you applaud; however, that anger will surely transcend through your ears and into your spirit.  Then again, a musician may feel inspired to strive through life.  They may feel proud, optimistic, and full of love, making the final song sound uplifting and positive.  Those same emotions will definitely reach your spirit as well.  Both musicians set out to express themselves and create music, but they both gave way to different vibes.  The angry state of mind allowed that negative energy to seep into the music, while the optimism did the same in another piece.

You have to determine which energy you want to be surrounded by.  Something that makes you feel good and better about life is probably your best bet.  This does not necessarily refer to “happy” things.  If you relate to the object and it makes you feel freer, then that is positive, too.  You must also remember that each person is different.  What may help you, may distress another person.  That is why there is so much diversity in this world.  But just because the subject does not speak positively to you, does not mean it is not positive at all.  It may still give off light just to a different type of person.  Keep in mind that positive vibes are still positive vibes.  So, when you continue in life, surround yourself with the people and things that make you better.  If it takes away from you, avoid it.  Think about the thought put behind what you encounter because, if it’s positive, it may be worth your while.


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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