Newsletter-cum-magazine of Oasis Movement YEAR 3 I ISSUE 50 I Jan 1, 2010

Special issue on COMMITMENT

Stand For Something Or You'll Fall For Anything

What is commitment?

To commit is to pledge yourself to a certain purpose or line of conduct. It also means practicing our beliefs consistently. There are, therefore, two fundamental conditions for commitment. The first is having a sound set of beliefs. There is an old saying that goes, "Stand for something or you'll fall for anything." The second is faithful adherence to those beliefs with our behavior. Possibly the best description of commitment is "persistence with a purpose".

Giving & Fulfilling Commitment

The most important single factor in individual success is COMMITMENT. Commitment ignites action. When we have a dream and we target some achievements, it is the commitment for result which is the first step. It starts the ball rolling towards actualizing our dream. Commitment comes from the sense of responsibility one has for results or for the purpose.

Once we have committed, we would like to fulfill our commitments.

Fulfilling commitments is the hardest part for most of the people. It draws line between success and failure. Fulfilling our commitments has to do with our sense of integrity and a “die hard” nature to keep our own words. It requires real hard work. Person who has a very high value for self does every thing to fulfill his/her commitments.

Dream big

When we give commitment and fulfill it, not only we build trust for us in others,

we affirm in ourselves dignity of keeping our words.

When it is most important

Commitment is most difficult and most readily proven during tough times. How someone weathers the storms most clearly demonstrates their basic beliefs. It is well stated that, "A captain earns his reputation during the storms." When situation seems against us, when the money dries up, or when the glamour of success wears off, this is when it is easiest to compromise your commitments. The real test comes when you can hold the line against the easy route of compromise.

Fortunately, paying the price that commitment commands has payoffs worth the cost - a reputation for integrity and, even more important, the commitment of others in return. Commitment is a two-way street. You only get it if you are willing to give it.



Commitment To Life

Our life is like a river. A river needs two banks to flow. The difference between floods and a flowing river is that in a river, water flows regulated in one direction. During floods, the water is muddled and has no direction. Similarly, the energy in our life needs some direction to flow. If you don’t give direction, it is all confusion. Today most of the people are in confusion because there is no direction in life. When you are happy, there is so much of life energy in you; but when this life energy doesn’t know where to go, it gets stuck. When it stagnates, it rots! Just like how the water has to keep flowing, in the same way, life has to keep moving.

For life energy to move in a direction, commitment is essential. Life runs on commitment. Whether it is love, business, or friendship or at work or any area of life, you take, there is commitment.

You cannot stand someone who does not commit, but see how much commitment have you taken in your life? Of course, our commitment is proportional to what we have our power, our capacity or capability. If you are committed to taking care of your family, that much capacity or power you gain. If your commitment is for the community, you will get that much energy, joy, that much power. More will be given to you only if you utilize properly what you already have! This is a law in nature. Why should nature give you more when you are stuck with your little mind?

Greater the commitment you take, greater the power you gain to fulfill that commitment. Greater the commitment, easier things are. Smaller the commitment, suffocating it is for you. Smaller commitments suffocate you because you have more capacity, but you are stuck in a small hole!


If you just sit and think, “What about me, what will happen to me?” you will get thoroughly depressed. The way to expand from individual to universal consciousness is to share the sorrows and joys of others. Instead of thinking “What can I gain from this world?” think “What can I do for the world?”

(Edited from an article by Sri Sri Ravishankar)

When one commits oneself to any cause, all 'ifs' and 'buts' are shaken off. One starts finding out - How to achieve goals, reach to destination, get results. Commitment gives force, brings in effectiveness.

Click here to read a beautiful statement on commitment by W. H. Murray from his book, The Story of Everest.

Marriage is hard work. It requires sacrifice from time to time. It requires that one love one’s spouse even on days when they might be really unlovable. It requires finding a way to work through whatever problems come one’s way and still come out the other side loving one’s spouse.

That is what commitment really means.

A child with good self-esteem has the confidence to try new things and make friends, and has stronger relationships with parents and others.

How can we help the child to build self-esteem? Click here to know some ideas.

A man had problem with his eyesight so he got it checked.

Doctor shows him a sheet of alphabets in different size: W X C V.

“Can u read this?” doctor asked.

“Of course, I am a PhD.”

Winter is a season of plenty of fresh & green vegetables. But most of the vegetables available in our market are sprayed with pesticides which are farmful to us. So, few tips to eat vegetables healthily:

1. Eat organic as far as possible. 2. Soak vegetables like chilli, brinjal, tomato, capsicum, beans, cauliflower in lukewarm water for 8-10 min. 3. Wash them thoroughly under running water for 2-3 min. 4. Remove the surface layer where possible, like in cabbage, lettuce.

Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.

~ Rollo May

  Editor's Note

New Year comes with a new hope. One would like to put aside yesteryear’s failures, misdeeds and the ‘old self’, and look forward to new goals/targets, new achievements, newer habits – Newer self. Now, will we be able to achieve all these? What will not let us down in this New Year? One is commitment to our goals, results, targets; and other, more importantly commitment to work hard enough to ensure results.

Commitment is important. Without it all plans remain just as daydreams. So, let’s commit ourselves to make the most of the coming year in terms of health, wealth, happiness and more importantly becoming a better human being.

Team Alive wishes you a very meaningful, contributive and challenging 2010.

~ Mehul Panchal  Mehul

  Quotable Quotes

Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.

~ Barack Obama

The Quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field.

~ Vince Lombardi

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