A few years ago, my husband and I were traveling via Southwest. You know that magazine on the airplane? Well, I have a crazy story. We got some very useful and life changing information from that magazine. I know, I can’t believe it either.
There was an article about a young man who had recently lost his father, Alex Sheen. Sparked by the loss of his father, he started a non-profit organization, but really a social movement called, “because I said I would.” This movement is dedicated to the betterment of humanity by means of accountability. He provides promise cards to those requesting them that say, “because I said I would.’ for a means of keeping track of what you promise to do. He has a TED talk, and shares his promises and stories of others who have been helped too. I have one of his cards, from the said Southwest magazine, taped to my computer screen so both my husband and I see it daily. (www.becauseisaidiwould.com)
Accountable as an adjective defined by Webster’s New World Dictionary is 1. Obliged to account for one’s acts; responsible, 2. Capable of being accounted for; explainable.
Since reading that article, I work conscientiously to follow thru with my commitments, being accountable. I do not make statements or commitments verbally or otherwise without attempting to thoroughly think about my ability to carry thru, before agreeing. This means that sometimes I have to say no to things, but really it keeps me accountable. I try not to speak just to fill empty air space and I work carefully to keep from making empty threats to my children. I am not perfect, but I am certainly more aware of my words since reading this story
than I was before.
In keeping with this “because I said I would”, I would like to share my follow up to my blog Explore. Learn. Share 7/13/2015. (http://www.renosoar.com/holistic-health-tips/explore-learn-share) After making a wrong turn and missing the Mt Rose summit, we said that we would try again, and we would take our kids to the waterfalls. We completed both purely “because I (we) said I (we) would.” We are practicing the art of “because I said I would” for ourselves, for our family and hopefully further to better humanity.
It was work. It was effort. It was worth it. More than anything, we found the joy of being accountable for our word of commitment to each other. Making a promise to yourself and seeing it through is one of the most rewarding feelings. And making a promise to another person and following thru is even more rewarding, so long as it isn’t for financial gain (think buying a product versus raising money for a cause).
Even a local hero, Grant Korgan has this down. He circumnavigated the rim of the great Lake Tahoe to raise money for a wonderful cause, The High Fives Foundation (http://highfivesfoundation.org). The High Fives Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. He raised $21,000 for the High Fives Foundation.Why?.....Because he said he would and in doing so betters humanity.
My goal in writing this blog is to share information, share insights, share stories that may help you or make you think so you can make an informed decision. And I will continue to work on being accountable for the words I write and say both here and for my children, for my family, for my patients and really for the betterment of humanity.
By being accountable for our words, our actions, our behaviors we can not only make the world a better place, but maybe we can even improve the health of our community.
Remove. Replace. Restore.
Remove mindless commitments. Fear of commitments. Fear of failure.
Replace with accountability. Think before your speak. Take yourself and others seriously. Be accountable for the benefit of humanity not personal financial gain.
Restore humanity and even health.
Eat well. Move well. Sleep well. Thrive on.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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