Day 62 ~ April 2 ~ Commitment
“Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.”
~ Rollo May
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!” ~ Goethe
“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Commitment is the state of being bound - emotionally, intellectually, or both - to a particular person or course of action. Commitment starts with a choice (ideally thoughtfully made and aligned with virtuous purpose) and is sustained by dedication and perseverance. Commitment is active – it is expressed and realized in our thoughts and actions. Commitment is more than just obligation – it is a giving of ourselves, sometimes at high personal cost or risk, to a person or purpose that we find worthy of that gift. Like other forms of giving, commitment can produce some of life's greatest satisfactions. (Wisdom Commons)
Shraddha M. Berde, age 15, India
Peace Pals International
Our commitment is needed most in the face of what is difficult or risky or unpopular, situations that by their very nature, inspire doubt. Today I understand that my commitment actually means the most when I have doubts and commit anyway.
Set forth a commitment to nonviolence with an intention that you can act upon today. Identify what you are willing to do as a consequence of your commitment to nonviolence. Clarify and affirm your personal commitment by taking the first steps towards action.
Action for Teens
Take a moment to think about your commitment to nonviolence. Are you willing to commit to a nonviolent lifestyle? What are you willing to change about yourself? What are you willing to do more of?
Action for Children
It can be hard to stick to something important when it is difficult or challenging. But it can also be very rewarding. Can you think of a time when you finished a task even though it was very hard and how you felt about yourself afterward?
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
~ St. Francis of Assisi
“Believe in something big. Your life is worth a noble motive.”
~ Walter Anderson