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Making a Commitment

The definitions of commitment in Websters Online Dictionary that are intended within the OneRoad Traveled writings are:

  1. The trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose.
  2. The act of binding yourself to a course of action.

Commitment is sincere, not half-hearted. Commitment is steadfast and binding, not just a willingness to start. Commitment is made by personal choice, not by yielding to pressure from others. Commitment is continuing action, not just a feeling.

Commitment is surrounded by dedication, resolve, perseverance, and purpose.

Vehicles for Life

During our joyful pursuit of happiness we will have discovered there are three vehicles to help us on our journey:

  • Timely Action
  • Consistent Behavior
  • Purposeful Character

Each of the writings under the Journey heading to the right are our discoveries about action, behavior, and character.

Actions and Purpose

We will have discovered on our joyful pursuit of happiness our accumulative actions become our varied behaviors and our cumulative behaviors become our character. Choosing to match our actions, behavior, and character to our chosen purpose in life gives us joy and peace of mind. 

True Happiness Quote

RoadSigns on OneRoad Traveled


Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Helen Keller

Self-centered Behavior

We will have discovered our purpose on this earth is not to simply satisfy ourselves. Our purpose is unique to each of us. It is focused on service to others and helping life grow.

Self-centered behavior is needed at times on our journey. We must take care of ourselves; physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Also, once our values and beliefs are developed and strong, we will find the need to stand up for these.

The balance of our behavior focused on others and other life compared to the focus on ourselves is one of the most difficult balance subjects on our joyful journey. The best balance for each of us varies. We will have discovered the best place to land is to focus mostly on others and other life without ever permitting the focus on ourselves to be dangerously low.

Consistent Behavior

Consistent behavior helps us build character, relationships, strengths, successes, and more. Like many great things, it can be overdone and become a weakness. We will have discovered it can be beneficial to have:

behavior that is consistent

  • With our beliefs
  • with our purpose
  • with our promises and commitments
  • with who we really are
  • with our daily needs
  • with the goals we set

Consistent behavior can become a weakness when we get stuck in our routines. We will have discovered a need to strike a balance between consistency and the personal growth that comes from creativity, risk taking, spontaneity, and intentional change.

Purpose in Life

Where do I find my purpose in life? High School?! Ask Mother?!! Oprah?!!! The Bureau of Motor Vehicles?!!!!

Each and every one of us has a purpose in life. Our personal goals may lead to our feeling a purpose in life. We discover happiness does not come simply from accomplishments of our goals set during our early years. Our true sense of purpose in life comes as a gradual discovery and growth of a purpose we did not know in our early years.

Our purpose does not come from the outside, from above the clouds, from the media, even from friends and family. Rather, we find it deep within us. This purpose is necessary for the ultimate development of our character. We will have discovered our joyful journey to the pursuit of happiness includes a drive toward a purposeful character.