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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Promise


Promise? Cross your heart and hope to die? Stick a needle in your eye?


As a child, I accepted those vows seriously. As a young adult, I learned that promises were offered easily but oftentimes without backbone.


'I never promised you a rose garden' was a song phrase that provided an out for those who deemed it necessary to 'unvow' their promise.


Retrospecting, a hobby that comes easily to me, finds that sometimes I accepted promises that were never uttered - only assumed.


The promise of a spring that follows surely on the heels of a hard, cold winter has so far always manifested but just because it always has is no sign that it always will. The seesaw between cynicism and trust is my inner perpetual motion. And, having said that...


Promise? Cross your heart?...






Promise. The prompt given by Writers Island

22 comments:

keith hillman said...

Promises said, promises implied and promises wished for. Promises kept and promises broken. I stopped making promises years ago. It's a minefield!

Marja said...

Good one. How often don't we assume a promise without even realising it. How heavy loaded is the word promise.

giggles said...

I too have trust issues, and seesaw between faith and skepticism. Does that make me a hypocrite I wonder...Possibly...but I like to play it safe too!

Hugs Sherrie

giggles said...

Oh love the photo too!

d sinclair said...

yes, there's a lot to the idea of 'promise'... pain, hope, disappointment, faith. Do we trust a promise? Do we believe in it?

Me, I love a promise - its like a gamble...and I love how you made me think more on the subject.

blessings, d

rwellsrwells said...

Hey Tumble, nice, clear prose - thanks.

pepektheassassin said...

I think spring always comes. THere are some things we can always count on....

paisley said...

what an absolute breath of fresh air this was.. so open and honest and personal... i loved this little glimpse into you.....

SlyGly said...

Wow; great insight! (And I like your NaNoWriMo winner picture, congrats!)

Just Jen said...

I accepted promises that were never uttered - only assumed.

That part stuck out to me like a sore thumb. Sometimes good...sometimes bad...great as always!

Herb Urban said...

Beautifully said. That "seesaw between cynicism and trust" is a difficult balancing act for sure.

gautami tripathy said...

I loved this very different post from you..

Rambler said...

I liked the idea of unuttered promises :)

beautifully written

watermaid said...

I too love the balancing act between trust and cynicism.

Kate said...

interesting post. I really never worry about promises. I keep them whenever I can (implied or stated) and the people who have made them to me have usually kept them too. I am fortunate. I do have a couple of big promises out there too... that would be life altering if they went south... so lets hope my luck holds out! lol

Whitesnake said...

Well i sit here in awe!

It is funny how we sit and read other peoples thoughts and think wow! You are so right!

sandierpastures said...

Very beautifully written! I wish people would keep their promises more or else not promise at all.

chicklegirl said...

I also loved the line: "The seesaw between cynicism and trust is my inner perpetual motion."

When you've loved deeply and then been hurt or betrayed by those you love, it's hard not to be a cynic. But on the other hand, one cannot really feel alive without being vulnerable and open to all the exquisite joy and pain of love.

UL said...

Nearly missed out on this one, you are right...promises are tricky indeed.
Thank you,

UL

Rob Kistner said...

Wonderful insight in this piece... I enjoyed it, and felt its resonance!

Awareness said...

HI there! I have not been able to get that kid's rhyme out of my head since I read Rob's prompt idea on the weekend!
Great intro to an interesting piece.

ps. thank you for leaving such supportive comments on my blog. I really appreciate it.

Redness said...

.... Yay, love your post, honest, factual, brilliant!