Yesterday, promises were made. Will today find them fulfilled? Or will this day find us regretting we were unable to see them through? That is the trouble with a promise – it seems to be an all-or-nothing proposition. Perhaps, instead of making promises, we should look instead to make commitments. The distinction is found in time: a promise has a short lifespan, and has only one of two outcomes; a commitment is long-term, and recognizes that we are imperfect, and that we will fall short, repeatedly. However, a commitment has room for growth, it has potential. And it has the capacity to recognize our failures, and invite us back. We can continue to move forward in our commitments, without shame and regret. Now, doesn’t that sound promising? For relationships built on commitment, we give thanks. Blessed Be, and Amen.
A promise holds the expectation of keeping your promise. A commitment only holds you to the effort.