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Ponderings: On Promise

Updated on August 28, 2016
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With a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from University of Pennsylvania in 1985, Maria uses a love for music in working with others.

Project Good Words
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My Inspiration

In 2014, Jo_Goldsmith11 took it upon herself to initiate the Light2Love Project Good Words.

Jo pledged to use good words and publish articles used to empower, encourage, support and defend those who need to be shown love.

Jo offered us a good word for each week to focus our thoughts, behaviors and actions on...In the 21st week, Jo wrote her perspective on the word promise.

However, as 2014 came to an end, Jo filed away her Good Word articles - as she begins the process of publishing it in e-book'. Shyron E. Shenko continues to write a beautiful poem to accompany each Good Word to inspire and lead us.

Please join me with some of my musical thoughts and reflections on the word promise...

Tomorrow has not been PROMISED, so today I want all my family and friends to know how thankful I am for each and every one of you and how blessed I feel that you are all a part of my life...

— Anonymous

I can hear my parents drumming these core principles in my head throughout my childhood:

  • Don't make promises you can't keep.
  • Your word is your honor.
  • Actions speak louder than words.

"Keep in touch. Let's do lunch. Call me soon, we need to catch up..."

I went through a time in my twenties when I sounded like a note from a high school year book. I hated the thought of saying 'no' or making anyone unhappy with my response, if you can imagine...LOL.

Naked Eyes: Promises, Promises

Dionne Warwick: Promises Promises

Thank heavens for age and the perspective gained through life experiences. For I haven't had the inclination to make an empty promise in a very long time.

There are those family and friends in my world (real or virtual) that I would stop anything I was doing and make time for... and you all know who you are.

When I am working, my clients or students come first.

With clients, I learned early on never to make a promise I couldn't keep. People depend on their nurses and our word matters. This came easily to me - as my parents instilled the values of honor, honesty and integrity in their children.

  • Don't make promises you can't keep.
  • Your word is your honor.
  • Actions speak louder than words.

N-Sync: This I Promise You

With students, keeping my promise as evidenced by returned phone calls, helping with problems, giving constructive feedback on work and performance - all in a timely manner.

  • Don't make promises you can't keep.
  • Your word is your honor.
  • Actions speak louder than words.

Shyron E. Shenko


The Promise of

One of the things I enjoy best about HubPages is meeting friends through friends.

Through following Jo's Good Words Project this year, I also had the pleasure of becoming friends with Shyron E. Shenko - who promised to write a poem for every one of the good words.

At last check, Shyron had written on the 36th Good Word of Reflection,

Now is the time we must reflect

On all the good words

To keep them up to date

Shyron's words seemed a fitting way for me to wrap up my Musical Challenge to the Good Words Project. Thanks to everyone who has been supportive through this project...

I promise to follow along with the Good Words Project - as Shyron writes the rest of her poems and Jo gathers the articles for publishing an e-book.

Wishing everyone in HubVille a merry, healthy and peaceful Christmas. Hugs, Maria

© Maria Jordan (December, 2014)


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