the presence of commitment

A response to my blog “a little bit of presence” a few days ago caught my attention in a way that makes me think the universal consciousness is tapping on my shoulder, pointing me in a direction. The post was mostly a quote:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back . . . 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.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I have a problem with commitment. It takes me forever to commit to people, places, ideas, myself. I always want to leave an escape hatch open somewhere in case I don’t like what I find. You see, I committed myself to this path of enlightenment (albeit reluctantly) and now I know once committed, I don’t quit. That is what I know about myself. There is no undoing of what has been done. Life is a one-way motion. Something once known can never be unknown.

So, I select carefully – sometimes too carefully – that which I will commit to. And it takes me a long, long time to decide to commit my direction, my power, my ability, and my willingness. My life is calling for commitment, a devotion of time, energy, and mindset necessary to bring some dreams to reality.

There are so many. I just need to pick one.

©2010 by Barbara L. Kass


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8 Responses to “the presence of commitment”

  1. holessence Says:

    I’m learning to befriend commitment.
    I’m glad I have unlimited options.
    I trust my ability to make the best choice for myself.

    • Barbara Kass Says:

      okay, Laurie, I am printing out these affirmations and going to carry them around with me — thank you! Oh, and I am also going to read them frequently!

  2. ButterfliesGalore-Kimberly Grady Says:

    I have a problem with commitment. It takes me forever to commit to people, places, ideas, myself.

    I was thown by this statement and I needed to step back a bit. Discernment is very important when befriending commitment. My problem is all the unlimited options, as I committ to all kinds of things and apparently don’t have good boundaries around my choices.

    Wait, now that I think about it, I am self defeating myself in that statement, as I AM A GOOD CHOOSER. It takes acknowledgement of that fact if we make decsions all the time and we must believe in ourselves enough to determine that we made the right choices. I think am on the right track with what Laurie said. One twist though, I tend to make those decsions too quickly and that is my downfall.

    Bring those dreams to reality! No matter how quick or slow.

    enlightenment (albeit reluctantly)—Explain this one? I am confused with this info?

    Thanks for sharing and determining to bring your dreams to reality!


    • Barbara Kass Says:

      Hi, Kim — yes, I am reluctantly enlightened. I am writing a book about it now with the working title “The Path of Reluctant Enlightenment” — I never wanted to be enligtened. I wanted to be unconscious like everyone else in the world. They seemed so much happier than me and they all seemed to know what was going on all the time. So, I put myself into therapy because I just did not GET other people or the world. My goal was to become like other people. I failed miserably.

  3. ButterfliesGalore-Kimberly Grady Says:

    Was it like you felt you did not fit in, or was it more that you might have pecieved that people are just out there.

    Did/Do you think everyone is unconscious in some way that is not healthy or productive.
    Personally I think most are unconscious in their views of right and wrong and somes are very inflexible to bing in a conscious mode that others might just be a slight bit different. I think there are a lot of good relationships out there that are nixed before they even get going because of this.

    writing a book—? Very Cool….Somes times I wonder if I ever wrote a book, what would it be about! Probably the love of a Cocker Sapaniel! Always conscious!

    Love Kim

    • Barbara Kass Says:

      Hi, Kim – all of the above. I did not fit in. I had no clue what was going on. Most people behaved irrationally and did not make sense to me. To this day, I do not understand why someone would purposefully be mean and hateful to another person who has done nothing to them. For example, I had this high school English teacher named Dan Smith who came across some of my poetry. It wasn’t very good poetry but he encouraged me to turn it all in to the school magazine for publication. Of course, the editors of that magazine laughed at it and a few of them came to talk to me about how bad it was. The English teacher thought it was hilarious, too. That’s how naive I was and why he would set me up like that is still beyond me. At various points in my life, I did not even want to belong to the human race and would have gladly traded places with your cocker spaniel.

  4. ButterfliesGalore-Kimberly Grady Says:

    Spaniel…….I think I created a new word? sapaniel?

  5. holessence Says:

    You’re most welcome.

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