"My word is my bond." The phrase is a verbal promise made from one person to another. It's more valuable than any contract that's written. Often I hear people making verbal promises to someone, then turning right around and breaking that same promise. It really hurts us when a person we trust gives us their word and then they fail to fulfill their promise or agreement that they made. That only shows the flaws, deceit, and inherent weakness in one's character. No promise should ever be broken, yet so many of them are. And many more will continue to be broken if people are not willing to live up to their words and responsibilities. When we give somebody our word, we release a part of our inner soul to them; and it's usually to a person we love, trust, or highly respect. Still, most of the times, people will turn around and hurt the same person by not keeping their promise. It's true that we often hurt the one's we love, because they are the closest to us. The people that accept our promises without question are the most vulnerable. And the truth is, they believe in us more than we believe in ourselves. At the end of the day, they are the ones who suffer because failed promises turn into big lies. We need to start keeping our word and living up to the promises we make to others. We need to not only say what we mean, but to mean what we say. Never give a person a promise or your word, that you don't plan on keeping. Your promises are a reflection of who you are. When a person keeps their promise, they are respected and trusted more. Others are willing to open themselves up to them. They are looked at as a person that keeps his or her words, and that will only make people respect them more. Just remember this: The opposite of a promise is a lie.
Ricky Ross & Jimmy DaSaint