Most of us make four big commitments over our lives: to a vocation, to a spouse and family, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community.*
David Brooks argues our commitments provide us with identity, sense of purpose, move us to a higher level of freedom, and build our moral character.
Not bad for investing ourselves in the things that matter most to us in life.
When we lack commitment, we set ourselves adrift, prey to external forces and pressures, internal whims and vacillations.
Nothing worthwhile emerges from an uncommitted life; in considering the thing we must do, Seth Godin writes,
With only slight exaggeration I would say that we approach our process with commitment. It acknowledges that creativity is not an event, it’s simply what we do, whether or not we’re in the mood.**
We cannot be told to commit by others, we can only be invited. True commitment, though, comes from a deep-down-inside-of-us place in which we find humility – who we truly are, gratitude – what we truly have, and faithfulness – what we can truly do with these for others:
Art is something we get to do for other people.**
I commit therefore I am …
How would you like to complete this declaration of your true self and contribution?