Often people makes promises that they know they will never keep. Sometimes they even make them to their inner self. At this time of year people convince themselves they will get into good shape beginning in January. Of course, the gyms love this because they have specials and convince the future physical fitness clients that everything will be wonderful. They always sign them up for a full year as the individuals are sure they will stick to the programs. Some people make it to the end of January, a few in February but by the time Valentine’s Day appears, they have already stopped. Then there are the individuals who believe they can definitely quit smoking or drinking. Both of which fail miserably only after a few weeks. Let’s not forget the promises made during our marriage vows. So many of them are broken which explains the divorce rate. As parents we do assure our children that we will keep our word. Often, that slides due to work obligations, lack of income and the inability to obtain new employment. Then, our children are mad but sometimes we simply can’t help it. We said everything in good faith but the circumstances changed. Even in the workplace, how many people end up working late because of commitments? Then, their families are upset but they don’t always understand that is what brings in the money for food, shelter and clothing plus so much more. So they next time you say, “I promise,” think twice before uttering those words. In the Good Gus series, there were instances where promises were broken, but there were also consequences. The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website www.goodgusbooks.com along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Digitizing for all the books are available now! Please consider adding “The Special Gift” as a new Christmas tradition. Books one and two are now available along with “The Special Gift” on the Tractor Supply website.