Keep the Promises You Make to Yourself


SOMEDAY I WILL: wear that polka dot bikini.... Plan my dream wedding... Backpack through Europe... Finish writing that novel... Take a ski trip to the Alps... Start a new business and work for myself... Learn to speak Italian... Take a cruise to some exotic place with tan lines and alluring accents... Live on a vineyard and make wine for the rest of my life... Sound familiar? We all do it. We make promises to ourselves. And most of us do it year round... not just after the holidays. {smile} Some promises get written down as lists or journal entries while other promises are kept locked up inside for safe keeping. If you're like me, you've made more promises to yourself than you can stuff in a closet. {wink} Or maybe you've been carrying around one big promise for as long as you can remember.

And sure what we want out of life changes making some of our promises less relevant to our happiness. But one thing that doesn't change is the fact that life is unpredictable. Maybe that hard earned vacation fund had to be drained a time or two. Or your time and attention is constantly pulled elsewhere. And when that happens you may find yourself putting those self made promises on the back burner.

Our busy lives are full of interruptions and ever growing To-Do lists. {sigh} Sometimes it may even seem like the only thing we have control over is our willingness to do whatever it takes to make our dreams come true. Ultimately, life will keep getting in our way if we let it. Today might just be the perfect day to sit down with a empty notebook and put your promises to paper.

Keep the promises you make to yourself.