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We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.
-- Harold Nicolson
 

 

Monday, September 11, 2000

Commitment

What does it mean to be committed? Commitment is more than just saying you will. Commitment is more than just good intentions. Commitment is more than just a once-in-a-while process. It is a continuing, moment-by-moment undertaking. It is more than trying. Commitment is doing whatever is necessary, for as long as necessary, to get the job done.

Commitment doesn’t bail out at the first sign of trouble. Commitment stays on course, moving steadily through good times and bad. Commitment doesn’t make excuses or look for the easy way out. It finds a way through every obstacle. Commitment doesn’t wait for someone else to take up the slack. Commitment makes things happen whatever the circumstance.

True commitment isn’t stopped when the effort becomes tiring, boring, uncomfortable, unpleasant, tedious, perilous or unpopular. True commitment keeps on going.

Genuine commitment on the part of those who have come before us has brought our world to where it is today, enabling us to live lives filled with possibility and promise. It is a priceless legacy, and one which can continue to grow with our own strong and sincere commitment.

— Ralph Marston

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