Breaking Promises

By Blakley Releford


What is a promise? A promise is a binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act or action. In simpler terms, it’s just carrying out and going through with whatever it is that the person making the promise said they will do. There are many ways and reasons people make promises. Some people like to make promises in the form of words, a pinky promise, a promise ring, a written document, a gift, or maybe they even like to seal a promise with a kiss. Maybe the promise is that you will keep your phone contract until a specified date. Maybe the promise is that your boyfriend will become your husband. Or, maybe the promise is as simple as bringing your friend an everything bagel from their favorite place.

Promises are meant to be kept and not to be broken. However, we’ve all been in those situations where some promises just cannot be kept. Sometimes, promises are broken because we simply forget to fulfil them. Other times, promises are broken to protect someone else’s, or your own, feelings. Or, occasionally life happens, and certain unforeseen circumstances occur and get in the way of the fulfillment of your promise. Typically it’s not a pretty sight when you or someone else doesn’t hold up their end of the promise. There could be yelling, arguing, crying, money lost, or relationships lost depending on the situation at hand. When this happens, what should you do? Honestly, there is no single right answer. What you do to resolve the issue is all situational. “I’m sorry” will never right a wrong, but it is always a good way to start. The rest is up to you, and hopefully with some time, love, and understanding, you can have a fresh start and all your broken promise problems will be solved.