Promises are strange things.
On the one hand they are very simple because there are only two possible outcomes, either they are kept or they are not. On the other hand, circumstances, people, capabilities, resources, loyalties, and priorities change.
It can get complicated.
And then there are unspoken promises. These are the most important of all. For example, when you have children you are silently promising that you will always put their needs above yours, you will always do what you can to protect them, you will never intentionally hurt them, and you will do everything within your power to help them grow and flourish.
How you deal with promises you have made speaks to your sense of duty and honor. In the end, whether or not you keep your promises defines who you are.
This painting was inspired by some musings about promises. For me, the waiting rowboat represents the promise of spring.
Image and text © 2016 James Golaszewski