Keeping Your Promise
If you were brought up like I was, we learned at an early age from our parents that making a promise is a serious thing, and that we should never break it.
Real-life kicks in as we grow up, and along the way we do break some promises. Some broken promises cause disappointment, but in time are forgotten. We break up with our first sweet heart whom we promised to be with forever. We agree to keep a secret for a friend, and sooner rather than later, we reveal their precious secret.
On a more serious note, breaking our word given to someone can be deeply hurtful, causing great harm in a relationship with a spouse, child, or friend. For example, we let work get in the way and get home late for a special dinner date with our spouse, causing great disappointment to someone we love. As a parent, breaking promises to our children can cause lifelong emotional damage.
Promises to Ourselves
What about promises we make to ourselves? Maybe we think, “It’s no big deal, I didn’t hurt anyone.” And then another commitment we make to our self is not kept. And another. After a while, we just don’t make any promises to ourselves, because we know “Life and my responsibilities just get in the way, so why bother?” Or, “I’m too old. It’s too late to try.”
The weight doesn’t come off, the credit cards don’t get paid down, the dream of being our own boss, writing that novel, travelling to a foreign country, or making a living doing what you love doesn’t happen. Maybe we made a few attempts, but life gets in the way: not enough money, time, or support. To quote Henry David Thoreau we live “Lives of quiet desperation”.
Recently I watch two things on Netflix that gave me a new tool to work with in “keeping my promises to myself.
First My Health
First, I watched a documentary on how the quality of food production is diminishing, thus diminishing the nourishment we need but are not getting. I’ve watched several other studies on this subject, and made a promise to myself to eat quality foods full of life and available natural nutrients that our bodies need.
Because of the deterioration of food quality, rates of obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are skyrocketing. Concerns that medical insurance won’t be able to afford benefits to any but the wealthy. Medical science predicts that our children will have shorter life spans than us.
I decided I would cut out processed foods and other parts of my diet that don’t support superior health.
Second, My Dream
Second, I watched an episode of the old TV series, “Highway to Heaven” that had a profound impact on me.
One of the characters in the story is a young man who is a paraplegic, living in a wheelchair. He decided he wanted to become a lawyer and entered law school. Being almost completely reliant on others for every need, attending law school is a phenomenal feat.
The Power of a Promise to Oneself
In a key scene in the episode a conversation took place with a high school star athlete who a few months ago lost both legs in a car accident, and a paraplegic law student. The athlete was depressed, having lost all hope of ever being a winner in athletic challenges. The paraplegic told the athlete that several years prior, he made a promise to himself that he would accomplish his goal to become a lawyer. He promised himself he would not give up.
The next day the paraplegic was scheduled to take the bar exam. He was nervous and scared, because he knew that the majority fail often two or three times before they pass.
The following day he got to tell his athlete friend that he passed! His story inspired the athlete to train to compete on the pommel horse, which uses only arms and upper body strength.
The idea took hold, and the athlete committed to it. He promised himself he would win at the Olympics. His promise to himself to not break his promise gave him the emotional, psychological, and physical strength to train for years and win at the Olympics. He became a great inspiration to those disabled in body, mind, and soul.
My Promise is Important
After seeing both shows on Netflix, I made a promise to myself for my health: to eat the healthiest diet for optimum health, and to commit to a regular exercise routine. I know if I promise myself and commit to not breaking my promise, I will accomplish my dream to be strong and healthy, and to make my creative dreams of success as artist and writer come true!
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