I once had a roommate who made a promise to himself to abstain from a particular vice for a period of time and then actually kept that promise. I remember thinking that was really odd. I respected him for it, but the way I saw it a promise to oneself never had to be kept because there was no second party to offend.
It would not have occurred to me to make a promise to myself. Is that even possible? Isn’t a promise defined by commitment to another? New Year’s resolutions are rather like promises to ourselves. How many of us keep those? If I make a promise to myself it’s just as easy to release myself from that promise.
So now I’m wondering. Do you make promises to yourself? Do you keep them?