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Keeping Our Commitments

Monday, March 22, 2010

"If you break the little promises,
you'll break the big ones."

That's a quote from "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, and it has stuck with me ever since I read it back in January. How many big promises have I made to myself and never kept? How many little promises get broken every day?

I am a person who prides herself on having integrity, and being honest, and yet I cannot seem to hold myself to my word. Sure, when I make promises to other people, I do pretty well. It's the commitments and promises I make to myself that I have the most trouble with.

What about you? How many times have you said to yourself I will... and then you don't. Or I won't... and then you do?

In Autobiography of a Yogi, Yogananda says that in order to manifest successfully, you must always speak the truth. It seems to me that this might also be true for affirmations, and power statements. And maybe it might be worthwhile to do a project on "Nothing But The Truth" at some future point in time. Ok... don't be scared, I'm not quite up for that one yet either. However, small promises and commitments that we make to ourselves are aspects of truth saying that we often overlook, and I have this idea that it might be beneficial to practice something simple first.

So, let's get ready to make a small commitment, a small promise to ourselves. Nothing major, let's not get complicated or ambitious, just think of and commit to one small thing, something you will do, or you won't do every day for the next 30 days. Tomorrow, I'll post some guidelines and some ideas and we'll get ready to make our commitments then. For today, we're just thinking about it.

How about it? Are you up for this next project? I'd love it if you would join me!


Karla said...

Wow! Check out the new look! Cool! Someone has been hard at work! Looking forward to the new project. I think I would like to try and take a walk every day. Or do 50 sit ups! Class reunion in July so what a great way to be inspired. I need all the help I can get to keep up with those little things I promise myself. Great idea!

Sudha said...

Would love to join up. Am always breaking promises to myself....a 30-day commitment sounds do-able.....

Shirley Twofeathers said...

Sudha - welcome! And Hi Karla!

I too need all the help I can get. Hopefully we'll be able to support each other.. and actually "do the thing" we each commit to.

Shirley Twofeathers said...

By the way Karla, when I was in 6th grade I started a daily practice of 50 sit ups a day - eventually I upped it to 100 and did that religiously all the way up until I graduated from high school. Interestingly, I was thinking about that today... wondering if I could even do 10...

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