The emails pouring in lately seem to hold a common theme–the power of intent. Some readers are moved by the idea stating that they now think about their actions in a different light. Others just seem confused. Pure intent is one of the most complex concepts in the Kailmeyra Series, and so I thought I’d take a moment to explain.
Intent is defined as aim, purpose, or design. It is the core of why we do what we do. For example, two men volunteer to work in an abuse shelter. The first man grew up in an abusive home and has a genuine passion to help women, the other is just looking to bolster his resume.
Which one will have a greater impact?
Even if both men did the same jobs, spoke to the same people, performed the same duties, I have no doubt that the man who genuinely wanted to help would yield greater results than the man whose intent was to appear altruistic.
I’ve seen it time and time again. There is an energy surrounding someone with conviction. It’s contagious. People are drawn to them, not even understanding why. Just look at Martin Luther King, Billy Graham, or Garth Brooks to name a few.
Unfortunately, intent can also be one of the most manipulative tools on the face of the planet.
Teens seem especially good at this. Girls inviting someone to a party so they can make fun of them. Boys asking a girl out not because he wants to get to know her, but because his friends said she was an easy lay.
As Asteria was originally written for my daughter, I made Nora’s intent powerful for this very reason. I wanted Kate to pause, to take a look at her own actions and see if she was being true to who she is and what she believes.