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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Keep Your Promises

In Don Miguel Ruiz's book The Four Agreements, the first agreement sounds deceptively simple: "Be Impeccable With Your Word." Don Miguel's expansions of this include "Speak with integrity" and "Say only what you mean." In other words, keep your promises.

Simple as it may sound, many of us fail in this crucial area. There was a time when a person's word was all that was required to do business. No contracts, no written guarantees, no lawsuits. Just a promise, and a fulfillment.

How far we've "progressed."

I am a man with almost no regrets. But some of the few that haunt me have to do with broken promises, shattered pledges, unfulfilled vows.

It has become popular recently for "gurus" of one sort or another to get large numbers of people to make vows. "One million people for peace," "An end to poverty," and so on.

While the causes are often worthy, I have stayed off this bandwagon because of the carnival atmosphere that surrounds these "movements." A vow is a solemn thing; as the marriage ceremony says, it is "not to be entered into lightly."

So first, I'd say, be careful with your promises. Then, keep them.

Look back over promises you've made, and either fulfill them, or "get right" with those holding your promises.

Clear the decks, and in the future, hold true to your word.

You'll be happier.

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