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A good friend of mine has been confined to a wheel chair for over twenty years. In his late twenties he was in a car accident and was thrown out of the car upon impact. He woke up the next morning paralyzed from the chest down. Two weeks before the accident he had proposed to his girlfriend and they made a promise to each that they would get married. The accident changed everything, he could no longer walk, bath himself, dress himself. His girlfriend faced a new reality and a tough question. Do I want to spend my life with this person? However, as my friend’s wife recants later” I had made a promise to my fiancée and I have always tried to keep my word”. They got married a year after the accident, have two children, and have been happily married for over twenty years. It would have been very easy for my friend’s wife to abandon him after the accident and I think most people would understand her decision. However, she was determined to keep her word, and it has worked out well. Think of three people you most admire and I bet they are people who keep their word. One of the greatest traits someone can learn to develop is to do what they say they are going to do. It just feels good to keep your promises, and terrible when you don’t.
When Jon Sutherland was 18 he made a promise to his track team mates and to himself that he would run every day for a year. He kept his word for not only one year, but never stopped. He has run at least one mile a day for over forty six years. He has run through sickness, broken bones, and sometimes as late as 11:30 at night. He is very proud of his streak, and the students he coaches look up to him for his ability to keep a promise. If you would like to learn more about keeping your word you will enjoy these articles.
The power of keeping your word