How was your weekend? we hope it was great and that your Monday is getting off to a wonderful start! Today we want to talk about commitment.
If you google search the word commitment you will find two somewhat opposing definitions. The first one says, "the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc." It reads in a positive manner and refers to dedication and activity. The second one says, "an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action." That reads extremely negatively and refers to obligation and restriction of freedom, yikes!
Now, certainly we all have commitments that we might find to be a nuisance, but we choose to treat them more as a dedication, or as keeping our word - doing what we said we would do, long after the feeling in which we said we would do it in has passed. Keeping commitments has never been more true than the last week for Samara because she got a puppy! Frankie is the cutest little girl and she is wonderful and cuddly and fun, but she is also a puppy and puppies require work - they need to be house trained, they need to be walked, they need to be taught basic commands and all that needs time and patience and of course, commitment. So, does Samara always want to take Frankie out when she is tired or in the middle of something? No, but she does it because she is committed to giving this dog a great life.
Getting a dog is a big commitment, but we all have little commitments in our lives that we may let slip - practicing meditation every morning, reading one chapter in a book every day, doing yoga twice a week, running a half marathon etc. - but what is important is to remember why you made those commitments and do your best to keep them, and feel good about that. Be dedicated to yourself and your life and know that even if you're tired, getting up and going for that 5K run will likely make you feel so much better for the rest of the day.
So stay committed this week friends, and stay positive.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.