When one gives an assurance or promise or makes a
sworn intention, one must make it come true.
If one says he is going to do something,
he should do it. If he says he is not going to
do something, he should not to do it.
One's regard for another is based,
is no small degree, on whether or not the
person, keeps his or her word.
Events parents, for instance, would be surprised
at the extent they drop in the opinion of their
children when a promise is not kept.
People who keep their word are trusted and admired.
People who do not are regarded like garbage.
These who break their word often never get another chance.
A person who does not keep his word
can soon find himself entangled and trapped
in all manner of " guarantees " and " restrictions "
and can even find himself shut off from
normal relations with others.
Their is no more t thorough self- exile
from one's fellows than to fail to
keep one's promises once made.
One should never permit another to give
his or her word lightly. And one should insist
that when a promises is made, it must be kept.
One's own life can become very disordered in trying
to associate with people who
do not keep their promises.
it is not a casual matter.
They way to happiness is much,
much easier to travel with
people one can trust.