When I began this retreat, I had only TWO questions to which I sought answers:
“What is the active ingredient that will help me take my life to the next level?
“How do I activate it?”
When I first received the answer, I didn’t like it. It’s a trait that I’ve always admired in others, but never fortified within myself: COMMITMENT. It kept coming back like a mantra: just commit.
I finally accepted it. I was ready for the second answer. It lightened the big BOOM of the first: JOY. It floated up like a smiling whisper. I relaxed.
I can do that. I can do this. I’m going to do this.
And just like that, I committed.
I’m back now in Maryland now, and retreat time is done; it’s time to do the work.
Commitment has always been a struggle for me because I’ve always feared that I’d get stuck or miss out on something better for me, but like anything in life, it’s a choice not an obligation.
And just like that, Commitment began introducing herself to me, and I liked her already.
Commitment is always a choice, NEVER a consequence.
Commitment is now a bold single YES in a sea of HELL NAWs. And it will be because I choose so.
(I just made a commitment to not exceed 300 words in this and future posts.)
I thought of my commitments and saw her second distinguishing characteristic:
2. Commitment is strengthened by vision.
Without a desired vision, I’ll never be inspired to commit when it’s a challenge.
And that is my third epiphany:
3. Commitment is meant to be a (worthwhile) challenge.
That makes it “commitment” (otherwise, it’d just be easy). Each challenge is simply Life asking me, “Do you still want it?”
Yes, Life, I do.