Nestled up close to his bed, I sat in a chair holding his hand and offered assurances that everything was going to be fine. I would oversee his care and tend to his needs. He could always count on me. But shortly after the well meaning words left my mouth, his tiny hospital room became a room for two.
Injuring myself while at the infirmary, a second bed was found and stratetic place alongside of my husband’s. For the next seven hours we sat together, each caring for the other from behind our string of wires and IV’s. Both in pain, we could help but to laugh at the situation that we found ourselves in. His and Hers hospital beds, taking turns getting x-rays and EKG’s…it was comical despite our growing concerns for one another. It reminded me of that solemn commitment that we made to each other and I couldn’t think of a better example of how we had lived up to that promise. Here we were, together in a bleak situation, yet grateful that we could look into the eyes of the one that we loved and feel comfort. Life doesn’t get any better than that.
What kind of commitments have you made in your life that you want to live up to? Perhaps you want to be kinder to others. Maybe it is to spend more time with your kids. For some that commitment that they made was to themselves. Did you always mean to go back to school but never found the time? Have you been
working up the courage to make a life altering decision such as leaving an abusive situation? Whether your promise was to yourself or somebody else, take a moment and reflect upon what your goal was when you made the promise. Is this something that you are willing to risk never achieving or will you take the first step today towards bringing your hopes to reality.
I hope you choose the latter.