Day 14 - Commitment Makes You Stronger

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Today’s Lesson: Commitment Makes You Stronger

When the weather is perfect outside, the air temperature is 72 degrees, the sky is blue and the sun is shining, life is easy. The trees are full of greenery, it's easy to be at peace with the world. Calm seas make for smooth sailing. 

But what happens when the storms come? When the monsoon arrives and you're stuck in a cave? Life's not so sweet. It's easy to become bitter and resentful and ask "Why me? " From reports it's not like that in the cave. The boys are dreaming of fried chicken and hoping they won't have too much homework to catch up on. They are using camaraderie and humor to keep their "spirits" up. 

At the time I am writing this, six boys are above ground, seven to go. I woke up at 1am this morning and was feeling very disturbed. Unusual for me. Then I remembered the boys and the rescue. It had just begun when I went to bed. Of course, being 11,000 miles away, I felt helpless except to pray. I know it's illegal to pray in school in our country, but that rule is suspended in times of crisis, like final exams, or your buddies being trapped in a cave. 

The picture of peace is the commitment in the faces of the heroes that do the hard tasks of rescuing people from dire predicaments. "Against all odds..." "Facing down fears." That's real peace when everything is going to sh*t and the hero within us arises with a vote of confidence that it's going to be okay. It's okay to pray or "send good thoughts" or intentions. It's what we do. 

I was on the road the other day and a long line of cars ahead of me had pulled off the road and men were jumping out of their cars. As I approached, I saw that a sedan had left the highway and plowed through some saplings and was sitting Topsy-turvy on a hill. From the speed of the men running, I believe there were people still in that car. That's what I love about humans, their willingness to run towards danger to the aid of strangers. 

Those 12 boys and the coach belong to somebodies families. They may be strangers but they are akin to us. 

Commitment to principles, beliefs or ideals: Commitment is a promise. It's an agreement that becomes a bond that should not be broken. Why do trees stand firm? In any given oak tree that is decades old, the roots bear the responsibility of all that tonnage. Most times, the tree remains standing through hell and high water. Occasionally, the roots are rotted or the ground becomes so soggy, there is nothing to hold onto, the tree can no longer stand. 

If you make a commitment, realize that it's a promise that you will not break. The motto of the Navy Seals is "The only easy day was yesterday." Expect that there will be pain and sacrifice, but from that comes the pleasure of knowing you are going to do your part. 

Quick Takeaways:
1. Don't make promises you aren't willing to keep
2. Connect with your personal first principles and align yourself and your actions with what you know to be true
3. When you have the chance, stand up and be a hero for someone who needs help

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” . Rumi.

Hope this helps.

Garey Simmons
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