Whatever Happened to Commitment?

There is a great commercial on television right now. It starts with a man driving a car while a voice over narrator speaks. The narrator comments on how we live in an age of instant gratification. He says, “Don’t like your nose? Get a new one,” and it shows an image of the driver with a before and after nose job animation.

The narrator continues, “Don’t like your job? Get a new one.”

While I don’t believe in plastic surgery, so far the commercial doesn’t strike me as unrealistic. The next line makes me change my mind.

“Don’t like your spouse? Get a new one.”

Wait a minute!

The narrator continues, “Whatever happened to commitment?”

Okay, good. That last one really threw me off. I agree that commitment seems to have lost its appeal. Maybe the narrator is right; maybe it is tied to the world we live in now. We can easily go out and get anything that we want with very little difficulty. Why should we show commitment?

I think commitment is an important. It is sad that relationships seem to fail more often than not these days. Relationships take work and effort. When things get tough, it is easy to run out and get a new person in your life. Of course, people that do this usually keep running into the same problem over and over again. It is because the problem is usually not the other person. Relationships are complex and all of your problems cannot be put upon your spouse.

I show commitment to a lot of things in my life. I am loyal to a fault, and yes it has come back to hurt me several times. My heart has been broken. My trust has been taken advantage of. Yet, this is no reason to stop showing commitment. It is a two way street and my loyalty has paid off in spades. Yeah, sometimes it is work and sometime it involves sacrifice, but I have found that the best things in life do.