You Either You DO DO Or You DO NOT

In 1970 I went to the Regent Hotel cabaret in Burnie, Tasmania with a friend and like all young guys we were looking to have a good time which included drinking beer and hopefully meeting some girls. We did spot two reasonably lasses, picked out one each and asked them to dance. Mine was called Stephanie and we seemed to hit it off OK so I asked her out on a date. She did not like me very much but agreed because I made her laugh.

Eighteen months later I was working in Scotland and she was working in Germany. One fateful night I picked up the pay phone in a Scottish hotel, rang her in Germany andave my greatest sales pitch of all time. It went something like this "do not suppose you want to get married".

One month later in London I was in a total daze as Mr & Mrs Reardon were introduced to the gathering of 7 friends and we departed the church in Kensington High St as man and wife.

We made a commitment to each other that we would be married for life and 35 years later I can not see any reason for that to change.

As citizens of our communities, as friends, colleges and as members of organizations if you say you are going to do something then DO IT. If something arises and you can not follow up on your promise then call and let somebody know you can not make it.

People of substance follow through on their promises. How many times have you heard the words "I'll try". Not true – you either will or you wont. Do not promise to do something or be somewhere if you are half hearted.

Being married for 35 years has been hard work. Neither of us is perfect (thankfully – what a pain to have to live with a "perfect person") and there have been times when tension was thick in the air. When you are committed though, you get through the hard times and learn from the experience.

It seems that society today has a concept of try something for a while and if it does not work, go try something else. That might be OK if you are searching for a career, hobby or activity but once you find what you are looking for, hang on to it – give it quality effort.

Commitment is what Transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak Boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak Louder than the words. It is the making of time when there is none Coming through time after time after time Year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff Character is made of. The power to change The face of things. It is the daily triumph Of integrity over skepticism.