Commitment…the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc. Is commitment scary? Is commitment rewarding? In my opinion -- yes and yes!
What have you been committed to in your life? A marriage? A job? A long-range goal? A group of friends or your community? A sense of personal calling?
As I ponder my commitments over the years, my first thought goes to accepting my marriage proposal. The initial agreement to commit was easy for me because I loved him and was hoping to spend the rest of my life with him. We enjoyed each other’s company and had fun together. However, keeping this commitment—through all of life’s ups and downs—hasn’t been easy, but well worth it.
Another commitment I have made more than once was to train for an endurance race. This has included five marathons, two half-ironman races, one Olympic distance triathlon, and numerous half-marathons and sprint triathlons. The decision to participate was easy. One reason I made these race commitments was to spend fun training times with amazing friends, who provide a life filled with joy and fun. However, keeping this commitment was not always easy with many early 5am training runs and four- to five-hour Saturday trial races before the actual race. Do I feel these commitments were worth it? Yes, the feeling of accomplishment and finishing alongside friends provided many memorable moments.
As I was researching for this blog, I came across this quote by Maya Angelou, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Reading this reminded me that you can also commit to a specific way of living life. As I approach turning 50 years old in less than a month, I feel like this is a commitment I want to reexamine. How do I want to commit to live my next 50 years? Like Maya, I desire to focus on having more passion and compassion, laughing regularly, and doing so in the style of Jesus.
Committed to you,
This week's blog writer is Tonya Ricks, co-creator of Living52.