Thoughts about Commitment

Ah, commitment. It’s a word that can send shivers down the spines of even the most stalwart of individuals. And yet, it’s also a word that’s essential for any relationship to thrive. So what do we do when we find ourselves in a situation where we want the benefits of commitment, but we’re not quite ready to tie ourselves down to one person or one path? Enter the mantra: “Don’t commit to me, commit to evolving, I’ll meet you there.”

At its core, this phrase is all about growth. It’s an acknowledgment that we’re all on a journey, and that journey doesn’t have a predetermined destination. We’re constantly evolving, changing, and growing, and the person we are today may not be the person we are tomorrow. So why should we limit ourselves by committing to a single outcome or a single person?

Of course, this doesn’t mean that commitment is a bad thing. In fact, commitment can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. It can give us a sense of stability and security, and it can help us build stronger, deeper relationships with others. But it’s important to remember that commitment doesn’t have to mean stagnation. We can commit to a person or a path while still allowing ourselves the freedom to grow and change.

So how do we do that? It starts with an understanding that growth is a two-way street. We can’t expect the people in our lives to stay the same while we continue to evolve and change. Instead, we need to be open to the idea that our relationships will change as we change, and that’s okay. It’s natural, even.

That’s where the second part of the mantra comes in: “I’ll meet you there.” It’s a promise to the other person that we’re committed to growth and evolution, just as they are. We’re not asking them to stay the same, or to follow us blindly down a path that may not be right for them. Instead, we’re asking them to commit to the process of growth and change, and to trust that we’ll be there to support each other along the way.

Of course, this is easier said than done. It requires a certain level of vulnerability and trust to be able to say, “I don’t know where this journey will take us, but I’m willing to take it with you.” But the rewards are worth it. When we commit to evolving together, we open ourselves up to new possibilities, new experiences, and new depths of connection.

So, don’t commit to me. Commit to growth, to evolution, to the never-ending journey of becoming. I’ll meet you there, wherever that may be.

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