Sunday, October 18, 2009


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.

I promise.


thongman said...

Somethong better. Sounds like peeking at teachers undies. A different colour every day.

Mike H said...

Or having lunch working with Schluepy. Some very interesting atmosphere sometimes.

teacher said...

Never worn a thong. But Mike H did.

Mike H said...

Yep. First performance of Julius Caesar. The costumer gave all the guys thongs.

After one performance, we deepsixed em.

I wore mine to say I'd worn a thong.

Thanks teacher.

teacher said...

Laugh and the world laughs with you.

Mike H said...

"It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, 1785