Although the subtle is not obvious, it is more important than we realize.
We have all heard the saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, or doing the right thing for the wrong reason is still wrong, but what makes our actions proper or improper?
It all comes down to the inflection with which we act, and the inflection is dictated by the energy or the intent behind it.
You can say “have a good day” and sincerely mean it. Or you say “have a good day” with as much sarcasm as you can muster as a way of telling someone to get lost.
The inflection with which we do something, anything, is the guiding energy around it. Not just what we say out loud, but what we think, what we do, how we act, it is all guided by the inflection of our intent.
Your parents ask you to take them to the doctor, and even though you know you should do it cheerfully, because you have a hundred other things on your mind you do it with annoyance, and out of guilt.
That may be one of the longest trips to the doctor you ever make, as you dread every moment of it in the back of your mind.
A friend may ask you to help her in her garden one afternoon, and because you love working with your hands and getting them dirty, it becomes an afternoon of joy and not a chore.
Your inflection underlies everything you think, say or do. Paying attention to your inflection, and the inflection of those around you, will serve you to have a deeper understanding of why things tend to turn out the way they do.