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Author Topic: Oaths and promises  (Read 8032 times)
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« Reply #3: September 24, 2007, 07:06:40 pm »

Things I've been taught to think about:
1) Precision on what precisely is committed.

2) A duration. Open-ended oaths can be *really* problematic, because sometimes people need to change; you don't want to be tied by an oath that no one really wants you to keep anymore, but that has no out clause built in.

3) Some kind of moderation: "I pledge to offer you a daily recognition to the best of my ability that day: the following things are some possible options" is a lot better than "Every day I will do [ list of 5 things]" - the former is flexible. The latter is going to be really hard to do if you get sick, have mobility issues, are tending to a terminally ill relative, etc.

4) Some idea of the consequence if you don't follow through.

These are all extremely important IMO. I didn't have *all* of those things considered when I took my oaths, but that doesn't change anything. The oath was simply formalizing what I had been feeling/doing for a long time before ever actually taking the oath.
« Last Edit: September 24, 2007, 07:09:35 pm by Dania, Reason: 3rd attempt to remove list tag » Logged

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