PROMISE 46th Day 02-15

by Administrator 15. February 2011 01:52

There is a lot of scenes from different movies, when the letter or a document is delivered with the seal… with the camera zoomed on a piece of wax with engraved “insignia”.  We all know, without explanation, its authentic, true and real…

Seals were used in the earliest of civilizations to authenticate documents, in ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, Old Testament time, Roman Era of the New Testament as a symbol of authority by those in power. Their use on letters continued into early 1800’ s as in “Royal Seal”. Whoever bore this seal was acting as a king’s representative…

Today, when we put our signature at bottom of any document…we are promising, acknowledging or being reliable in the face of law.  In our digital world there is…. of course digital signature, giving recipient a reason to believe, that the message was created by a known sender. It is commonly used for software distribution or financial transactions. Let’s not forget about our favorite as a “collector item’…signed to show authenticity, ex. signed baseball.

Many years ago …handshake was acceptable in everyday business transaction, the promise “I give you my word”…As we can see, our civilizations came up with variety of ways to ensure the honesty, reliability, trust.

Trust is such an important aspect in variety of our relationships. From legal, business to personal one, is underlying and influencing our actions. The personal, touching very core of our being can make or break the friendships, marriages, families …us. Making a promise to yourself, is as important as making it to the other person. When well executed, can give you faith and trust in yourself and the wings to fly… It’s an act of strengthening your character, believing in your power to follow through, keeping your head a little higher with knowing “you can”.

Yet, so many times we sabotage ourselves, making promises, we don’t intend to keep or taking it very lightly… with the idea of “ I will try the best…but if not…well….”. Yes, it’s not going to be the end of the world…after all …you just…promised it to yourself…Failing promises to ourselves have  more impact, then we give it credit for. It shakes the very base of the trust in our abilities…and if it happens, over and over, undermines our belief , not only in our actions and perseverance but most importantly… in us.

By not keeping promises to ourselves the “seed” of self doubt and weakness is planted, it grows into our interactions with other people. It’s almost impossible to trust someone else, when you know, you can’t trust yourself.

 Every year, we make a lots of different promises…to start exercising, quit smoking, go on the diet, start and finish our project, change in some ways, do certain things… I wonder how many of them, are ever accomplished…. I know it very well…trust me…Procrastination was something, I thought I was born with, starting many projects and not finishing them...because of a legitimate reason…facts of life, failing to fulfill my New Year resolution…simply tradition… No, of course didn’t like that in me but…I let it continue, hoping, that one day, I will follow through …with everything, when life will be less hectic, easier..I will have more time, money…resources…It doesn’t work like that. As I said before, there will never be a perfect time …just now time… and baby steps..

I always tried to keep my promises to other people…and would do everything not to fail at it. It gave me a lot of satisfaction to feel confident of my word, the strength to persevere and an ability to deliver. My ego got a huge boost and  my self confidence soared. The feeling to be so grounded, worth trusting with shear strength of character is “addicting”. You want to repeat it ...again and again….that’s how it works…and every time you do it, its a little easier. You don’t promise things to yourself or someone else, that are beyond the ability to deliver, you weight it more carefully …but once committed, use 100% of an effort.

The baby step can start with something extremely easy…something you know you are able to do…if you want to. After accomplishing that, start with more and more challenging and complex issues. It will change your life in a very positive way. Positive is such a great state of mind, if you can increase it …why not…? I am currently undertaking two projects…I made a promise to myself… One is to write everyday in “my blog”…which I never did before, and have to say; I am truly enjoying that adventure (not without a “sleep sacrifices”…but trying to work it out). The other promise, I gave to my daughter to be her “buddy” in workouts…every day, after her school to follow 3 months plan …I’ve done this one before, on my own…and was reluctant to say yes at this moment….but, as of yesterday we’ve started it, wholeheartedly with intention to finish.

The feeling of accomplishing your goals …against some difficulties and with some hard work is powerful and uplifting. Wishing everyone success in finishing their projects, no matter how small they are, and learning about yourself, how truly strong and reliable you are….it’s been always in you..just needed some training.

“I believe The Apostle Paul had this concept in mind, one the readers of the time would have readily recognized, when he uses the word 'sealed' (Greek = sphragzio = to confirm, authenticate, prove).”

"In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise." Ephesians 1:13

Promise Yourself 

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.

To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you

“The Optimist Creed was authored in 1912 by Chistian D. Larson, appearing in his book Your Forces and How to Use Them.”




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