A Haiku - Commitment


Are you committed?

Are your standards firm, in place?

Committed to what?

Have you dedicated your life to something that will make a real difference?

Can we be committed to anything of value, if we settle for the average?

Can we be committed, if we stand aloof, disinterested in the issues affecting us?

Can we be committed, if we take no risks to advance our goals and values?

Can we be committed to something, anything, that will make our life have greater meaning and purpose?

What do we risk, if we are not committed to anything?

Does it matter in some grand scheme of things, if just I.... as a child of God.... should decide not to be committed to anything but my own safety, ease, and going along with the crowd and adopting their values to fit in and be considered "normal," non-threatening, and someone who just "fits in"?

I guess my question is: "Is any one life important? Is mine?"


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I have had the belief that each of us is born with some sort of purpose. I have believed a goal in life is to discover this purpose and pursue it the best wecan. Success is not necessary, but trying is.

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mackyi 2 years ago from Philadelphia

I guess the question is, why do you consider your life important or unimportant?

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

dahoglund - For the Christian a purpose for our existence may be found in the admonition to "be even as" Christ was. The US Army once had the slogan to "Be all that you can be.... ."

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

mackyi - Certainly a person who considers their life is "unimportant" is likely to find nothing except themself to be committed to. It goes without saying that if they consider there life is "important" they must feel it is important for a reason, opening the possibility that they may be committed to a realization of their importance.

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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Commitment is important, but it's really difficult to get people to be committed to anything these days, to choose to stick at doing something to help others. I have another side to this: I'm getting older and would like to give up some of my commitments, but if I stop who will take them on? It's a dilemma.

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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Wonderful and voted up.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

We all have a purpose in this life and have our talents and have something to offer others and that means so much.

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Perspycacious 21 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

You three are committed ladies, I know that for sure.

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