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In actual life every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith.
-- Schlegel


Thursday, March 25, 1999

The pain of commitment

Commitment can hurt. Even under the most favorable of circumstances, commitment can be painful. Indeed, it is in the possibility for pain that commitment finds its meaning and its power. Of what value would commitment be if it did not have its price?

Choose your commitments carefully, but don’t avoid commitment. Once the commitment is made, expect for it to be painful at times. Prepare yourself for some discomfort. Be ready to make some sacrifices. And be ready to see it through.

Commitment can bring great things, and in the process you will grow. Commitment to your spouse, to your children, to your community, your friends, your faith, your work, your beliefs, your future, will bring true and lasting rewards. You simply won’t get very far without making some commitments. Fear them enough so that you take them seriously, but not so much that you avoid them.

The commitments will hurt at times, but you can handle it. They’re worth it and you’re worth it. Your home, your family, and your world is worth it. Go ahead. Make the commitment, take the difficulties as they come, and build something great.

— Ralph Marston

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