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  • Writer's pictureElena Edwards

HOW SOON DO YOU BREAK A PROMISE?

WHEN DO YOU FIND IT TOO HARD TO KEEP IT?

WHEN YOU GAINED WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR, BEFORE YOU MADE THE PROMISE?

I’ve met many people, in my short life, who make promises but never deliver.

I’ve read this paragraph, not long ago:

“In the first place, you shouldn't believe in promises. The world is full of them: the promises of riches, of eternal salvation, of infinite love. Some people think they can promise anything, others accept whatever seems to guarantee better days ahead, as, I suspect is your case. Those who make promises they don't keep end up powerless and frustrated, and exactly the fate awaits those who believe promises.”  ― Paulo CoelhoThe Devil and Miss Prym



Is this true? I refuse to believe that we are all bad. Or, perhaps, I am too naive, or too clueless – as one of my good friends describes me, when he doesn’t get his way.

Maybe I am living in my own little ‘bubble’. But I shall live my life in my heart, regardless if this is naive or clueless. Someone needs to love people, and not just benefit from them. I might have a little head and one heart but if I can do some good in this world then this to me means ‘succeeding in life’.

When I promised the children that I would build a school for them, I knew I had the money. If the money I had were not enough, then I was prepared to work harder to make up for the difference. When I promised, I knew I could deliver, and I knew I could deliver within a certain period of time. The children needed the school when the Autumn term started. We had a deadline.

Once I received the pictures with the new bricks, I knew we were going to build the school. This was our trust deal. I will send you the money, you send me the pictures with the building progress. It was still early days. They could have very well made the bricks and build a house for themselves with them. What guarantee did I have that if I sent £2,000 to them they would continue with the project? None!

But when you know, you know.

It is something like getting married, soon after you’ve met. You just know you like each other, and you trust each other. You are blinded by the butterflies in your stomach, the stars in the sky, the sea waves… Don’t laugh!

To me, keeping a promise is a direct reflection of the love you have for yourself. You wouldn’t wish to hurt anyone because hurting anyone is like hurting yourself.

There was no stopping me.

We built the first school in 2015 and you can read all about it here.



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