Oh man, commitment is a big one. Commitment is something I could not even begin to understand before I got clean and sober. So, let’s break it down. The word commit is most simply defined as a pledge or a promise to fulfill that pledge. The suffix -ment denotes the carrying out of something. The combination of commitment is the carrying out of a promise to fulfill a pledge. Commitment is huge in recovery for me. It is why I go to work. It is why I am faithful to my wife. It is why my kids can depend on me. It is why my house payment is on time and my power bill stays paid. But, more importantly, commitment is why I am able to tell someone I will do something, and today they can almost assuredly bet that I will follow through with that promise. I am not perfect and I have had some slips here and there, but not intentional slips like I did when I was still abusing alcohol and drugs. When I was actively using, I made all sorts of promises and “commitments” that I never intended on following through with, and some I had the best intentions of following through with but failed to do so. Some of those commitments were to other people and some to myself. I pledged almost every shot of dope the last year and half I was using that this would be the last one, I am done, AND I MEANT IT! What I lacked was the power to follow through, which makes all the difference. My sponsor says all the time that we need to say what we mean and mean what we say. I try my best to live along those types of spiritual guidelines. Following through with commitments also make me a dependable person. Being dependable is a good feeling, and being able to finish something is even better. Through the program I am involved with I found a connection to a power that gives me the ability to commit. I am grateful today for commitment. Thanks for reading!
“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.” – unknown