I know the value of a promise, probably from how many promises have been broken in my life, which in turn makes me strive to always keep my promises. There’s a lot of power in a kept promise. It’s trust-building, empowering, and helps to clearly define a sense of who you are. In relationships it builds intimacy and reliability. It can be the one difference between the friend you count on and the ones you don’t. So what if the world were to turn promise keeping into a way of bettering humanity?
That’s exactly the question this site asks. Because I Said I Would is a non-profit organization dedicated to the social movement of doing just that, bettering humanity through kept promises. These promises do not have to be global or attached to a non-profit movement, they totally can be if you want, but they can also be personal and about motivating change in your life and those who are close to you. I think that the site does a good job of highlighting both types of promises.
There’s so much I want to highlight about this site, I could probably take you through every page on the site and have something to say about it. That doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it makes me happy to share it with you. I’m going to reign myself in though and just highlight some parts of the site. You should probably start on the About Us page where you can learn about the organization and watch a video that explains things.
Next you should check out What Are Promise Cards? and learn all about how and why promise cards are used. As well as how you can get your very own promise cards for free, in order to help promote the betterment of humanity. You can either download and print out your cards, or have 10 mailed to you. There’s also a great infographic on this page that explains how to use them.
The last thing I want to highlight is A 52-Week Promise. Inspired by a friend, the founder of the site Alex Sheen, made a New Year’s resolution to fulfill a promise a week for the entire year. He pre-wrote 52 promises and randomly draws one a week out of a hat to accomplish. He then films which card he picked, and talks about how he fulfilled what was on the card. Right now he’s at week 35, and you can visit the archive to see past promises.
And because I’m a quote lover, as sort of a post script, check out the quote page filled with quotes about promises!
What promise would you write on a promise card and keep?