I give you my word!

April 26th, 2014, 8pm

What does an individual’s word worth these days? It’s easy to be cynical and simply respond “not a whole lot”. But why? I know it’s not a trivial concept: to stay true to your word and follow your actions based on your intentions.

We are a busy bunch. We’re spread too thin: working, raising, learning, educating, helping and trying to stay balanced. We`re conditioned to say “yes” [in one form or another] without fully acknowledging the associated responsibilities.
Intentional or otherwise, before long something gives and we’re faced with an awkward reality of explaining the reasons for our shortcomings.

I was raised to believe that a man’s word is his bond. My father always took a firm stance on the topic and expected that when I agreed to something I was committed to my responsibilities. It took me a while to understand how my compliance can immediately facilitate a binding contract in his mind.

I think we’ve all been there: trying to squirm and come up with some variation of the truth confirming that the cleanliness of our room will be improved in the “near” future.

As the years went by and I’ve learned the importance of saying “no”; I’ve gained a better understanding of the concept. Approaching any given task objectively: by understanding the effort and reward involved, the process became somewhat manageable.

There are still times when I have to pull an all-nighter to get the job done, or re-prioritize and spend time comforting someone going through a difficult time - but what ever I have to face I try and do it with my eyes open. It is I who is making the choice, and it is I who will rip the benefits and similarly face the consequence depending on the outcome.

I recently came to a realization that I want to be the type of man who instils a sense of security, a sense of trust and a sense of reliability when I utter the words “I’ll do it”.

I want to live in a world where people value ideas, promises and commitments without needing a reason, explanation or excuse to justify their resolve.

I know, it’s somewhat naive but I think it’s a goal worth reaching.

David Wade, Christine, Boris and John said thanks.

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Max T

Writer, photographer, it-consultant, traveler, fitness fanatic, and a doer.

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