• Keeping promises while facing challenges or the temptation of an easier path
  • Seeing something through to the end and keeping the right attitude about it
  • Honoring my responsibilities with diligence, even when it requires sacrifice
This blog post is about commitment (spoiler alert). Taking on a new experience and sticking with it. Being diligent. Not whining when it gets tough. Okay, maybe a little whining. 
My wife and I have been trying to introduce our daughter to some new things lately. Things that don’t involve electronic devices. Like most 3 (and a half) year olds, she loves to play games. She already loves to go bowling and play with bubbles, so we decided to keep with the “old school” theme. We bought her a kite and took her roller skating. Not to be done at the same time of course.
Neither one of us had been roller skating in many, many years so I was just hoping not to fall on my face as I was trying to show my daughter how much fun it could be. Luckily, I was able to stay upright, but of course my daughter took some falls. The good thing is her first reaction is usually to get up and try again. Unfortunately, her next reaction is to become super frustrated, throw herself on the ground, and tell us that she can’t do it. We had literally put our skates on 3 minutes prior and now she was ready to go home. 
But of course, we couldn’t let that happen. Not only was this a good learning opportunity, but she also didn’t have $15 to pay us back. So we practiced on the carpeted area where it was a little bit easier for her...and us...to stay on our wheels. After a couple times down and back she started feeling more confident. So much so that she told us to let go so she could skate by herself. And skate she did. Back and forth she went as we sat and cheered her on. 
It was a similar story with the kite in the backyard. At first, she was scared to even hold the handle as the kite blew in the wind. But after a while, she was really excited about it. She even woke up the next morning at 7am to come ask us if we could go outside to fly the kite again….what have we done?
Well hopefully we are teaching her that it can be fun to try new things and if she stays with it, they usually become easier and more enjoyable. She’s only 3, so there will obviously be fits along the way, but I think she can still begin to learn the value of commitment. 
When it comes to E-rate, my daughter isn’t much help. But Funds For Learning has remained committed to the program and our clients for over 20 years. With the ever-changing rules and procedures, we are constantly having to adapt to stay ahead of the curve (with very little whining of course). And honestly, that kind of dedication isn’t easy. But it is rewarding.  
There may be a few falls along the way, but with each obstacle comes a chance to learn and improve. Our clients trust that we will be here to guide them through the E-rate process. And we appreciate the opportunity to show our commitment to the great service that has become expected from Funds For Learning.   

Key words and phrases
Sticking with it; Faithfulness; Worthy of trust; Diligent and reliable; Dedication to a pledge; Dependable Sacrifice to keep a promise; Taking ownership of a situation

Opposite terms
Not finishing the job; Undependable; Not worthy of trust; Wishy-washy

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