Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I’m concerned about a better world; I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood and sisterhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder… Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.
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“I am always behind!” “I never get everything done!” “There is too much to do!” “I don’t have enough time!”
I hear stuff like this often. Time is a way that people measure events, thoughts, actions, expectations, memories. As such it can be useful. A friend of mine said that if we didn’t have time, everything would happen all at once. So time is a sorting method. According to physicists it is a malleable sorting method, a man-made measurement. I like to think of time as a servant. But when I let it move into the slavemaster role, my life loses some of its sparkle.
When you promise something, you open up possibilities.
When you commit with the firm intent to keep your promise, you set things in motion. You open doors of opportunity; you bring resources and help to your side that are beyond chance and personal control.
You also close the door to other possibilities. This helps you to focus all your energies on the course that you have chosen, rather than leaking your power in every direction. And it precludes all kinds of dire consequences.