Tuesday: My dear friend posted on social media that her mother had shockingly and unexpectedly passed away a few days prior.
Reading this on social media from my hotel room in Reno, NV, where I was stationed with events for nearly the whole week, I was saddened to not be able to race to her side and give a huge hug.
Thursday: The details of the funeral were posted for Saturday at 11 AM as the start time.
My flight was scheduled to leave Reno on Saturday at 2 PM, as I knew my Friday night would be late, perhaps up until midnight with client obligations.
The Promise: If there is anything we can do to support those we love, we will do it.
I quickly rebooked my flight, for the only option to get home in time.
The infamous and ever dreaded 6 AM flight.
This is an unspoken Promise.
It isn’t expected. No one knows where I am, how hard it may be to get there in time, the challenge ahead, the sacrifice, but it doesn’t matter, as The Promise is more important to ourselves to do whatever it takes, even if it means we suffer a little in the process of being there for those we love.
Truth is – I had only met her Mom one time.
That doesn’t matter.
This is my friend’s Mother.
And now my friend’s Father, whom I was very endeared to through a few interactions, had lost the love of his life.
I had to be there.
This was not a goal, this became a Promise.
Friday: I finally return to my hotel room after performing and doing my work by midnight, packed and asleep by 1 AM.
Saturday: 4 AM wake up call. Rescheduled flight leaves Reno at 6 AM. Land in SLC at 9 AM, Uber 30 minute drive home, put on shirt and tie, drive as fast and safely as possible 30 miles south to make the 11 AM funeral in time with my amazing wife accompanying me.
10:45 AM: Arrive in time to give hugs to friends and loved ones before the funeral begins and we celebrate the life of a great Mother together.
Why do I share this?
Because you’ve done the same thing, and you would do the same, even going to greater lengths for those you love than matters for your own comfort.
This is an Unspoken Promise.
It is not expected, never assumed, just something you do if and when you can.
You have stories beyond what you realize when you have kept The Promise.
I admire that about you.
I receive stories like this all the time, and am hoping you might be willing to either share an example below, or send them to me privately.
In what way have you kept an Unspoken Promise lately?
~ Jason Hewlett
Husband, Father, Writer, Mentor, Hiker
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