Where lies our biggest delight in promises? Does it not lie in extremis? Do we not find it expressed mostly clearly in the most delightful people who are the recipients of these promises? — I am talking, of course, about the feminine among us.
It is heartening to be the recipient of a promise by someone who knows how they may be able to fulfill it. We acknowledge and treat this person as someone who ‘has it together’, as someone reasonable, well-rounded and fair.
These are the sorts of promises made with a cool head and out-standing chest. They come from someone who treats promises as opportunities, as debts they incur following sound risk assessment.
Compare the previous with the promise made by someone who resolves to fulfill it, come what may.
We often understand the former promise as an agreement, whereas the latter we see as a commitment. Ah, how the feminine among us know this difference and how they rejoice and light up when they receive it — with their entire body and soul, do they not?
But, maybe here we have to pause and let silence consume us with its characteristically deafening pitch, because we risk robbing life of her sweetest gift to us — her life-affirming mystery. The mystery without which our greatest delight and our most delightful people would, simply, wither…