This is a strange topic for me, but one I think is important to talk about this morning. My oldest friends will tell you that I have trouble with this one little principle. They will tell you I have the best of intentions, but I quickly lose interest and the things I have decided to commit myself to fall by the wayside very quickly. They would be correct.
The first step in solving a problem is recognizing that there is one. There have been multiple times in the past when I committed to blogging—for any number of reasons. There is the YouTube cooking show—My Dirty Kitchen, which I was entirely committed to until I realized just how much time and energy it would take. I wish I could count the commitments I made to my mother, my children, my two ex-wives, and my current wife, only to break them at some point along the way. Even my work history, which everyone who really knows me will tell you is always my highest priority, has a long stream of broken commitments over my 35 years there.
I tend to gripe about the people who make commitments with great intentions, but fail to follow through. And this morning I discovered that those people upset me so much because I often see these people when I look in the mirror. I believe many people in the world see their own character flaws in others, and chastise them for for sharing the same faults. It's so much easier to see our flaws in other people and call them out on them, rather than deal with the same flaws within themselves. Maybe by pointing out the same flaws in others, we think we are able to keep our own hidden, or somehow believe it somehow justifies these flaws for us.
To be honest, I'd have to say all of the above.
I'm writing about this quickly this morning because I have committed to myself to contribute to this blog weekly, and 9 days have gone by since my last. I have worked on a couple of other topic that I feel are important to share, but I have failed to finish them. Not because I haven't had the time, or because I have writers block. It's simply because I have chosen to do something different. So I decided to write about commitment today because thats one of my most significant weaknesses. I'm writing it now to get your feedback on how you feel about commitment and the steps you take to honor yours.
So it's your turn friends. Please share your experience with commitment, and tell me what steps you take to make sure you honor them. I want to thank you in advance for helping me become better at honoring my commitments with your advice.