Commitment Issues

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient but when you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” – Kenneth Blanchard

Last year, I got involved in a production. I accepted the position of being its sound manager because I thought it might be interesting. I got my instructions one night, and I was required to deliver everything the next day. I wasn’t really in the mood that night, so I decided to not show up because I thought it was okay. I came the following day instead, so I got the consequences of my actions. I was scolded, shouted at, and eventually, I was fired. I don’t know what came over me that night. I felt nothing and moved on.

Few days later, I was called to our office. Only then I knew that the director went to our dean and talked about what happened. “Maybe you don’t need him…You should kick him out…” The words stung really hard. I felt so bad and I was mad at myself. Tears started to build up but I held them back. To hear those things from someone I really look up to made me feel worse about myself. I was at the edge of the cliff. But thankfully, I was given a last chance – the final warning, and the last straw. If ever I broke another commitment like that, I would be kicked out of the college. I was required to attend counseling three a times a week for the next month. When I enrolled during the second semester, I was required to write a letter/contract stating that if I ever break a commitment no matter how small and without any valid reason, I will be kicked out.

After that day, I really did my best to change my character. I was no longer late on any of my commitments. I was never absent in any of my major classes and I worked hard to develop my skills. You see, what I failed to realize that time was that though I had a small role, it made a huge impact to the whole ensemble whenever I failed to do what I was supposed to do. It ruined the momentum and it failed the purpose.

We should always remember that once we commit to something, we should stick to it. No matter what happens in between, since you were committed to commitment one, commitments two to four should always be last. No matter how awesome commitment two is, or no matter how popular commitment four is, commitment one should always be the top priority.

Tales from the Dark Rose
Darrel Bryan T. Rosales

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