Interest | Commitment

1Interest, the feeling of wanting to know or learn about something or someone.
2Commitment, the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.

These two words have been on my mind lately, kinda like a revelation. If you’ve been an OG reader of blog, you will know that one of my favourite podcasters is Patrice Washington of the Redefining Wealth podcast. I came across an Instagram post of hers recently where she mentioned that many of us think we’re committed to things but rather, we’re merely interested.

And that got me thinking, what am I feigning commitment at when really, deep down, I only view it as an interest; and perhaps, a hobby? In thinking about these things and re-arranging my priorities, I gained a measure of freedom. And it was interesting, I never realised that there was a measure of freedom that could be gained from simply being honest with one’s self and putting down pretences.

So, I wanted to share this with you guys, and encourage you to have a think. What have you been carrying under the pretence that it’s a commitment? It doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Perhaps you’ve been telling yourself that you’ll finally get round to losing that weight, or writing that book you’ve always wanted to. You’ve been telling yourself that you’re committed to it but really, is it a commitment? I learnt that if we’re committed, we’ll make time for the things we say we care about. So, I for one am taking on this lesson and freeing myself from the yoke of feigning over-commitment. It’s not a sin to only be interested in certain things but it’s draining to feign commitment when deep down you know that some things are just not that important to you.

But… what are your thoughts on this? And in case you’re wondering, here’s a link to Patrice’s Instagram. And while you’re at it, feel free to follow ShineALight on Instagram too, here.

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