Testify Tuesday: Begin Now

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

 -William Hutchinson Murray 

Now when O speaks we all sit up and listen, so while I was cuddled up on the couch Sunday evening watching Soul Sessions and she mentioned the quote above, and like Iyanla said my soul opened up!

I learned..

Commitment is key!  However, what is often left out of the commitment conversation is the daily decision to do so.  You can fall in love with a person or a profession but what happens when you have gotten up from the fall?  When things get tough…ugly…stinky…

What then?

I learned a long time ago, the first commitment is to yourself.  If you do not honor yourself, then everyone and everything  else is screwed.  People will call you selfish because they can’t take advantage of you, you will lose “friends” you didn’t need and relationships that were one-sided will end.  However, the pain for you will be temporary because you were whole before and although, maybe a tad bruised, you’ll be whole afterwards.  

I do, however fear for those who commit to people and things above themselves.  Where is your blueprint?  How do you know how to treat someone?  Where did you get your information?  See where I’m going?!  When you don’t honor yourself, you attempt to honor say a whole person using flawed information gathered from fanciful sources.  Then you get upset with that person because their needs for intimacy aren’t met within a 47 minute time block like on television or your love doesn’t feel like a Luther Vandross song anymore. Thus, you find yourself seeking out others for affirmation, blaming your partner for whatever, job hopping swearing if you can just make more money you’ll be content, and worst of all failing to truly commit to anyone or anything.  Truth is, be it a personal or professional relationship with these types of people, after the initial euphoric phase, withering of interest and creativity abound simply because they never fully committed to themselves.  Do not blame yourself if you find that you have stumbled into a “situationship” with one of these people.  C’mon, if they do not trust themselves enough to enter into an unconditional relationship with them; baby you did not have a chance in hell!  

So what now?

Begin it…

Commit to something/ someone.  If you haven’t committed to you this is your virtual altar call 😂. Come now!

Don’t let your dreams become your regrets!  -Sharon N. Vaughn (yeah this one is mine)

I make a daily commitment to me…to love me inspite of my failings…to trust my decisions…to learn every single day…to be gracious…to be diligent…to live on purpose…

Release the hesitancy….the fear…the negative self-talk…the past failures… yesterday…

Make a commitment today…and begin…

~She 💋


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