You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is now available as a Kindle e-book, as well as still being available direct from the publisher, on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukand other Amazon European sites
We sometimes give promises lightly, without even realizing what we have said.
At other times we know full well the solemnity of the promises we are making.
Which ever sort of promise we make, we normally fully intend to carry it out – true, there are some among us who deliberately lie and cheat.
Most of us however – at least in the moment of making the promise – feel that we will carry it out.
But then life happens.
We say we will meet a friend at 3pm, but are held up in a queue and don;t make it on time.
However, we can call our friend to let them know we are running late, or reschedule the meeting to another time.
Or we promise to repay a loan on a certain date, but find ourselves short of funds to fully pay back the amount.
Here we may tell our lender the problem, pay what we can and the remainder by installments, so as to meet our obligation, if not at the time originally stated.
But then again, we may have made a promise that we really know cannot be fixed, like a late appointment or an overdue bill.
Such promises are not just the vows we may say at baptisms and wedding – they can also be unspoken promises we give to out friends and neighbors.
If we fail to meet these promises, we cannot simply reschedule our meeting or our debt.
We cannot simply say sorry and then carry on as we were, but often neither can we make adequate amends for breaking the promise.
That does not make us bad people, just fallible humans who fully intend to follow one path, but end up going in another direction.
What we can do is to really consider in our innermost beings before making a promise.
To be realistic about our ability to control time and circumstance, and know that we cannot foresee the future.
And to do our utmost to be as honorable as we can in all our dealings, whether they be social, financial or personal.
Because a promise once broken cannot be repaired.