You should never make a promise you don’t intend to keep. I never promise my husband I won’t go too crazy shopping, because we both know I will and there’s no point in lying to myself or him about it. He never promises me that he will be super quiet during the football game while the girls are napping, because he knows at some point he won’t be able to help himself. We don’t make promises we can’t keep, but we do make promises to ourselves that we always work on keeping for each other and for ourselves as individuals. Everyone should make these promises.
Promise to Accept What You Are and What You Are Not
I am not a patient person, and I accept this fact. I am a pretty great story-teller, and I accept this fact. I don’t try to change what I am and what I am not. I’ve found that letting people know I’m impatient when they are not doing what they are supposed to be doing makes me much happier than pretending not to be bothered when someone is 20 minutes late. And guess what? People usually don’t show up late on me a second time, so it’s pretty win/win.
Promise Yourself You Will Appreciate the People In Your Life For Who They Are
I made a promise a long time ago to appreciate the fact that there are people in my life who are completely wonderful, and some who will never be, no matter how hard they try. I merely appreciate the wonderful in everyone and try to forget their imperfections.
Promise Only to Use Kind Words When Speaking Of Yourself
Nothing is gained from being derogatory about yourself. Your thoughts and words about you reflect what you actually believe. You don’t want to believe bad things about yourself, so don’t think or say them.