It seemed like it was only yesterday when I spoke to you and you asked me to looked after a loved one before you passed.  I knew I would keep my promise and you would have nothing to worry about in this life or the next one you entered.  This is my story.

In the grand scheme of my life, my promise to you would be my ultimate test.  My self worth would be measured by it.  My everlasting struggle would be my failure in keeping it.

It was clear what you expected.  My thoughts and feelings raced to what kind of reasoning I could use to justify not fulfilling that promise.  My feelings of uncertainty, my inability to be unwilling and incapable of the task before me added fuel to the enormity of the reality I faced.  In my mind, I reasoned life happens and things come up.  In my heart, I knew I was rationalizing, but I knew my promise to you had power.  I knew the benefits of keeping it and the penalties if I didn’t.

In that moment, I rose to my potential and challenged myself.  I had to learn about me and develop into a better person.  I pushed myself and worked harder to fulfill my promise to you.  I embraced personal sacrifice more than I let on to those around me.  I chose persistence and perseverance instead of impatience and discomfort.  I was empowered to create a plan and take on any real and imagined obstacles along the way.

I will continue to keep my word to you and honor my commitment and I shall reap my greatest reward later.  My promise to you mattered because you mattered.




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