Reversing Commitment Despair
by Janis Richman, RScP
“Keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve…” -Howard Thurman
Many of us are blessed to know our purpose… what we are called here to do as spiritual beings in earth suits. Some of us need to work a bit harder to create our vision and name our calling. No matter how we get there, it is our life’s purpose that smooths our crooked paths and prevents us from being tossed about in a sea of circumstance. When we are clear about our purpose and hold it in our heart’s eye, all supporting commitments and actions we need to take become easier.
Ah, but we are human, and so we may fall asleep from time to time – forgetting our purpose. It’s at those times that we may experience “commitment despair” – when one commitment after another falls away like loose change tumbling from a hole in our pocket.
So how do we emerge from commitment despair? The trick is not to dwell on the lost commitments but rather focus back on our purpose – what is ours to do and be. It is at those times for us to remember, as Howard Thurman so beautifully states: “… in fair weather or in foul, in good times or in tempests, in the days when the darkness and the foe are nameless or familiar, [we] may not forget that to which [our] life is committed.”
In returning our focus to our dream, our life’s purpose, we regain our high resolve. Then all that we need to do becomes exactly what we want to do.
Today, tomorrow and always, I focus my attention on my purpose. My path and life’s work are my highest priorities.