Mohan Thulasingam
Mohan ThulasingamMaking empty commitments is common nowadays. Some people readily make commitments without any idea of whether they can honor them. Such unkept assurances not only affect others but lower the reputation and credibility of those making such promises. The two factors that affect commitment are the performance and time. Through good planning and judgement, successful people fulfil any commitment. Whatever be the reasons, one should exercise care in giving commitments to others while the latter should also be prudent equally in accepting such undertakings. The real life situations are given here to highlight the value of commitments.

Unprincipled politicians the world over have one thing in common: They are experts in providing fantastic and hollow promises to garner the votes. Once the elections are over, they forget the people and their commitments to make wealth for themselves by exploring all avenues including corruption. There are instances when the nations do not abide by the agreements signed by them.

wedding-flowers-commitmentWhen the incompetent people occupy the sensitive posts, they make commitments unaware of the practicality. It’s akin to taking a journey without any idea of the topography or climate in a region. A bank manager assured his customer to sanction the credit within three days as the latter wished to procure more stocks for the festival  season. However, the manager failed by giving a lame excuse ‘The concerned officer took leave.’ The frustrated client complained to the bank’s higher office who in turn shifted the manager to a remote office.

A person assured to get admission for his friend’s son in a reputed college. However, he did not make any efforts towards that end. His guest suffered and understood the real nature of the former. A relative couldn’t turn up at the airport to receive the guests, but he arranged his friend, a stranger to the latter, complete that assignment. Without concentration and involvement, students should not learn.

The majority of the people do not pay their loans on time. Because they deliberately evade the commitments for selfish reasons. Some people spend lavishly unmindful of the future burden by grabbing the credit cards and loans offered by banks. A neighbor staying in the rented flat absconded without paying the dues of the card company that came searching for him.

Education without the interest and commitment of the learner has no use. A degree might be a license for securing a job. Swami Vivekananda rejected his father’s proposal to pursue higher studies abroad by saying, “That would facilitate making money and power. Permit me to gain wisdom the best education ever for human life.”

One should have the courage to say a decisive ‘N0’ when somebody approaches help. Commit, only if you can.

(Author is a Ex-Banker and can be contacted on tmohan0311@hotmail.com)

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