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Commitment
2/24/2020 1:10:18 AM by: C.L. Lawrence

        People get all in a tizzy about four letter words; you know, cuss words. Maybe not so much nowadays since in this new millennium, almost anything is acceptable. Still there is some level of awareness of “bad” words.

        Are you ready for this!? Though the standard four-letter bad words may be offensive to one’s moral linguistic sensibilities, once spewed out, they’re pretty much said and done. Their meanings are defined by their use (not much more than that); expressions of anger, frustration, etc.

        There’s a word exceeding in letter count, yet far more striking and arresting in meaning and shock value than any four-letter cuss word could ever be. Commitment. It’s a rough word, not for the faint hearted. It’s a word that reveals much about a person and just about everything they do. If it is true (and it is) that how you do anything is how you do everything, then a person’s life in general reflects the root system of commitment in the soil of their character.

        Consider this. The root system of plant life is almost always invisible because roots grow beneath the soil. You can discern the health and condition of the roots based on what you see and observe about the plant life that grows above the soil. Likewise, everything has a root. A thought is a root. Everything you see in a person stems from a thought rooted in the soil of the person’s being.

        Commitment is a root and/or at the root of everything you do. Everything you see when you look in the bathroom mirror (the “tell all” mirror) tells the truth about your commitment to yourself, basic things about yourself; personal hygiene, personal self-health care (weight, hair, etc.).

        Apart from the bathroom mirror, you are a living mirror reflecting yourself to yourself, and to the world, your root system of commitment, the strength and level of commitment to yourself in terms of relationships, personal growth, career, on and on. If a person has a poor or fragile root system of commitment, nothing in their sphere will be secure. The level of commitment to the lesser things reveals the level of commitment to anything.

        The Bible says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Loving oneself is the difficult part, but that’s the part we must master in order to be the best version of our self. Before we can be the best to anything outside of ourselves, love anything or anyone outside of ourselves, we must be the best to ourselves first. And that begins with commitment. There is no love without commitment; no love of self without commitment to self; commitment to creating the best self. If you cannot maintain a commitment to the best for yourself, you won’t have a commitment to the best in anything outside of yourself.

        Some people have a commitment to nothing; not even when the commitment is the root from which their success will grow.

        If you want to attract good things, relationships, opportunities, love, you must be committed to preparing the soil of your existence (loving yourself) so that you will attract your desire, offering a place for the seeds of your desire to be planted and grow.

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