Quote for the Week

Biologist James Womack, a professor at Texas A&M University, is often quoted by others. I like what he said about commitment. "Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the right stuff to turn our dreams into reality."

There are a lot of jokes about men who are commitment-phobic, but, in truth, a fear of commitment pervades many lives. Of course, I'm not talking only about relationship commitment, but all kinds of commitment. People talk about wanting to get in shape, but they never make a commitment to walking every day.

What Is Commitment?

The dictionary defines commitment as a pledge or a promise. If you want to make a change in your life, you must first make a promise - a pledge - to yourself that you will create that change. Nothing ever changes unless you first make a commitment.

Want to be more optimistic? Pledge to say only positive statements. Want to be more patient? Pledge to count to ten before you sound off. Want to lose weight? Pledge to substitute water for your soda habit. Want to write a book? Pledge to write so many pages a week.

Need some encouragement to make a commitment? Guess what? The season for commitment begins Wednesday, February 25, 2009. That Wednesday is the day after Mardi Gras wherein you can wallow in your sloth until midnight tolls the next day, Lent.


Lent is a limited period of time. Traditionally, it's a season of fasting and prayer to improve your soul. Why not use the forty days of Lent for the commitment you know you need to make?

Even if you're not Catholic, take those forty days before Easter to make a commitment to change something in your life that's not working or to change something in your life to get what you really want. From Wednesday, Feb. 25, through the Saturday before Easter, April 11, you can use that time to unlock your imagination and visualize what you can be and what you can have in your life. That's only 40 days not counting Sundays. Just 40 days.

Takeaway Truth

Commit. Promise. Pledge. Use the power of your commitment to turn your dreams into reality.


  1. Great Post!

    Love the idea of adding my writing to my lenten obligation. I just told my hubby this week he couldn't give up beer this year because he doesn't drink it like he used to!! LOL Not the same sacrifice it was in college, you know?

    Thanks for the thought provoking blog.

  2. Hello, Bethanne! Thanks for visiting. Glad you found an appealing appetizer in my food-for-thought buffet. I'm not Catholic, but I always follow the Lenten commitment to change for the better. It's good for the soul.