The word commitment conjures up so many questions and emotions. Commitment has stronger connotations than words such as “promises”, “obligations” and “involvement”. Commitment is a pledge to engage oneself to work towards a chosen goal and all that it entails. Commitment may be self imposed, by mutual agreement or imposed by third parties or institutions. True commitment requires sheer perseveration and determination and an element of sacrifice. During the course of one’s lifetime, one has to make choices regarding commitment constantly, ironically in a life that is ever-changing.
One of the most common forms of commitment is on an emotional level. Emotional relationships can take many forms; the relationship between the parents and their child and vice versa, the relationship between siblings, the relationship between friends, the relationship between colleagues, the relationship between a spouse or a partner and so many other forms of emotional ties. This type of commitment is one of the hardest to honour and live with it, as for it to be successful it entails commitment from all parties involved and usually the theory of the giver and the taker rings true in these situations. It is seldom if ever that all concerned parties commit equally to a relationship with the likely possibility of one giving more than their fair share and the other taking more than their share. Finding a happy medium and equilibrium in such relationships may prove to be the secret of a lifetime commitment. If this is achieved the commitment will prove to be more of a pleasure and less of a chore.
Another type of commitment which should be encouraged is for everyone to try and strive towards a commitment to self improvement. One should work hard to realise their full potential and realise dreams that might seem unimportant to others but important to them. We are not living in paradise and life will never be completely perfect but achieving small realistic goals in...