I never make a promise I can't keep. At least most of the time. There are those times that circumstances make me retract. Rarely. I will climb the highest mountain, swim the deepest sea, trek the longest journey to see a promise through. This is particularly true for my kids. And myself. And our Republic.
I have seen people with so much promise fall after crumbling slowly. Left alone to wonder and wander, haunted by might have beens, they slip through the cracks.
Making a promise should be something taken very seriously. A promise to take the kids somewhere, to buy them clothes or even a treat, should not be made lightly. Too many disappointments can lead to that crumbling base, a foundation of lies.
I have seen people make promises they could never keep. They think they are buying time and can keep their word. All they do is postpone with procrastination.
If, after the best of intentions, a plan falls through, be honest with whomever you make a promise as to why it cannot be kept. Perhaps, somethong better will happen as a result. Otherwise, you might become a font of lies, undependable.
Of course, there are degrees of seriousness. Some promises are more solemn than others.
But, all should bear truth.
Beware of 'we'll see'. It's an ok stop gap if uncertain. Too often, it comes to mean 'no'. Shouldn't no mean no -s-?
We can promise tyrants we will resist. We can bring great promise to wield when the time comes'
It's truth we and our enemies can believe in.
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