My grandson is 5 years old. When I tell him that I am going to visit, he asks me what day and what time I will be there.
Never would I ever consider going back on my word about my arrival time. If I tell him I will arrive on Saturday at 10:00 in the morning, then I make sure I am there on or before 10:00 a.m. Why do I do this, because I love him like crazy and disappointing him is never an option for me.
Keeping our word to our loved ones, especially a 5-year old is an easy thing to do. What I often wonder is, at what point did keeping our word stop being important?
Have you ever set a time to meet with someone and find that you are running late? I am often amazed in business when I find people who do not honor another person's time or keep their word about showing up for an event.
When did that become acceptable?
In his book, The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz talks about being impeccable with your word. Don goes on to share that being impeccable with your word sounds very simple, but it is very very powerful. Why your word? Your word is the power that you have to create. Your word is the gift that comes directly from your Higher Source. Through the word, you express your creative power. It is through the word that you manifest everything. Regardless of what language you speak, your intent manifests through the word. What you dream, what you feel, and what you really are, will all be manifested through the word.
Like a sword with two edges, your word can create the most beautiful dream or your word can destroy everything around you. One edge is the misuse of the word, which creates a living hell. The other edge is the impeccability of the word, which will only create beauty, love, and heaven on earth.
What harm comes to others when you don't keep your word? Thinking about my grandson, I could not bear the disappointment that I would cause him by not keeping my word. When we are late or don't show up at all we throw out a hasty, "I'm so sorry" but do we really think about what breaking our word has done to the other person?
What are some of the reasons that we break our word? Mismanagement of our time, overextending yourself because we feel obligated to say "yes" when we really want to say "no!" When you start giving yourself permission to honor your time and your level of commitment we will begin to be impeccable with our word. Being impeccable with our word is a powerful feeling.
Think about that person in your life whom you strive never to disappoint. Now give yourself permission to NEVER disappoint "YOU" at that same level and you will find that yourself empowered to stop disappointing yourself and others.
What would our lives be like if more people truly gave more thought to this concept? As for me, I love the look on that little guys face when I show up on or before the promised time!
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