When you take intentional action, you’re mindfully aware of your intention or bigger WHY that drives you to take action. When you ‘own’ your intention, you ‘own’ your action and you ‘own’ the result – that’s intentional accountability.

And remember, your intentional actions impact not only you, but they will either directly or indirectly impact others. This is true in our work lives and also our personal lives.

There’s a small park land about 100 metres from our front door and we’ve been watching over the past 6 months as an old home situated on the borderline of the Park was quickly demolished and a new home was being rapidly erected in its place and at the same time, sadly two forty year old Australian native gum trees that would have been blocking a small part of the bay views of owners of the new home, have been slowly dying.

While the coincidence in the timing of the new home being built and the trees being poisoned is suspicious, and although our local council was notified that the trees had been poisoned, by the time it was noticed that they were in fact dying, it was too late to save them. Yesterday contractors cut the trees down and turned them into mulch.

As Liz and I were taking our dog for his morning walk, we’d stopped for a while just to watch the trees being removed. By the time we were ready to move on, a number of our other neighbours had joined us and we all shared in our disappointment.

Now I’ve got to say, I don’t consider myself a “Greenie” in any sense of the word, but whoever did poison the trees, will more than likely never be prosecuted by law.

The council look like they’re now going to replace the trees with three new Australian natives and that they intend to invest in advanced trees. As we chatted about this with our neighbours it dawned on us that the newer trees would potentially for at least the next decade, block even more of the new owners bay views until they grew taller.

I realise that there is the possibility that it could have been someone other than the new owners who poisoned the tree, and I’m not accusing them because I have no evidence to do so. However, it would appear that if it was the new owners, intentional reciprocity seems to have kicked in.

Intentional reciprocity works both ways. If your intentions are noble, doing good things for good reasons, there is the likelihood that good things will be reciprocated, and even if they don’t, what reciprocates is the sense of pride that you take in knowing that your intentions and actions were noble.

In that same way, if your intentions are not noble, resulting in actions that are intentionally to the detriment of others, there is the likelihood that detrimental actions may come back to bite you.

Don’t just accept this concept of intentional reciprocity because I’m writing about it here, (although I can provide you with countless number of well-known examples throughout history that does provide significant and supportive evidence), check in with your own experiences and I’m sure you’ll soon agree that whether we like it or not, intentional reciprocity is part of that mystical connection and interaction that just seems to exist for us all.

In one way or another, over time, our intentions, actions and results will either promote or expose us.