I do. I will. I promise. I vow. Such lovely words… These words have long invoked sweet feelings of assurance and hopefulness, and have been used in marriage vows and such for likely just as long. Commitment is beautiful thing, and Commitment Day is a day when you can show that special person in your life just how much they mean to you by committing in some way to them. Or perhaps there’s some sort of activity you’ve been meaning to start (or stop!) for a long while—Commitment Day is your chance to say, “right, that’s it, I’m going for it, and I am going to stick with it!”
The History of Commitment Day
Commitment day has been around for years, because let’s be honest: what could deserve its own day more than the beautiful thing that is commitment? The first known Commitment Day was celebrated in 1960 as an extension of the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions—however, commitments are different from resolutions in that they are more often made to people, so they can benefit others as well as you!
How to Celebrate Commitment Day
There must be at least one person or issue in your life that deserves your commitment, your promise that you will fulfill. Maybe you’ve been dating the same person for years and years and have never asked him or her to tie the knot because the whole wedding thing just seemed a bit daunting to you? If both people in the relationship feel that way, then making the decision not to get married is fine. However, if your significant other is the kind of person who longs for the romance of a wedding, even a small one, maybe it’s time to take that sped in your relationship?
Or maybe it’s not your partner who needs a bit more commitment—maybe it’s your children that you constantly plan to have more time for but somehow never manage to? Your job is very important, as it is what keeps a roof over your family’s head and pays for their various other needs and wants, but sometimes there is nothing a child needs more than just to spend some time with his or her parents. If your children often mention they wish you were around more, maybe it’s time to commit yourself to spending more time with them? Promise your children an hour or two of your time every day, and then stick to it—no matter whether you spend that time on a bike ride with them, sharing a banana split in a little ice cream parlor nearby, or just talking during a walk in the park, you will never regret taking the time to become closer to your children. For their part, your children are sure to reward you with plenty of trust they will show by telling you some of their secrets or asking for your advice, and that is something every parent would treasure.
You could also take this day to commit to an activity, like finally starting that diet or yoga class and then sticking with it. The satisfaction you will get from knowing you are capable of making a lasting decision will increase your self-confidence and the amount of satisfaction you get from life.
In other words, Commitment Day is the ideal time to make that heartfelt pledge and see it through to the end!