Sunday, May 17, 2009

Starbucks: The Way I See It #76

This morning I noticed the below quote on the back of my Starbucks cup. I thought it was so well stated, especially how it captured the essence of what it means to commit to something, that I wanted to share it here. Thanks, (self described "organization builder, restless American citizen, optimist), for sharing your thought with us.

"The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating--in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life."
~ Anne Morriss, self described "organization builder, restless American citizen, optimist"

Forming a commitment to something or someone goes well past ideas of attachment because when you commit, you give of yourself; you become one with something other than yourself and with all simultaneously. You no longer exist for yourself alone -- you can't. Perhaps this is why it is both so welcomed and so feared. For in the midst of our commitment, we let something -- whether an intellectual or spiritual pursuit -- or someone into our deepest center and make the decision to show up 100%. There is no hiding when committed. There is no hesitation...just discernment beforehand and then the plunge.

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