Friday, April 3, 2009

Soul . . . Commitment

Okay, don't judge me for this, but I'm about to share a quote with you from the back of a Starbuck's cup. If you're like my husband, then this quote will have little impact on you. Hubby has been an athlete his whole life, focused, disciplined, committed. Me? Not so much. In fact, the quickest way to get me to not do something is to tell me I have to do it. 

When I was thinking about started this blog, I was incredibly hesitant. What if it fails? What if I don't feel like writing every day? What if I tell people about it, they read it, and hate it? Or worse, what if I tell people about it and then don't follow through on writing it? They'll think I'm a flake. (Which I am, but I don't want everyone knowing it).  And one day, while I was thinking all this, I read the quote on the back of my Grande Non-Fat Misto:

"The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating - in work, in play, in love. 
The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, 
from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as 
rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life." 
~ Anne Morris

I realized that while I didn't have a commitment problem in love (married at 22 - who does that?), I did have one in almost every other area of my life. So I decided to do it - just start the blog, commit to it and see how it played out. I can't say I've posted every day - is that even realistic? - but I can say I've enjoyed it and I'm glad I'm giving it a shot. 

So the warm-fuzzy challenge of the day - try committing to something for a while that you've been wanting to do, but maybe were afraid of. Even if your commitment is short-lived (oxymoron?), sometimes you have to throw your whole self and intention into it in order to see if it'll really work. 

P.S. Thank you, Starbuck's, for enriching my life in oh-so-many ways. I know my contribution to your daily profit margin is gesture enough for you, but thought I'd say it anyway. 


  1. ahhh i like this. it is inspiring