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because I said I would – Echoes

The 'because I said I would movement' goes global with it's new chapters called "Echoes."

The ‘because I said I would movement’ goes global with it’s new chapters called “Echoes.”

The program that inspired this year’s CARE Contest – because I said I would – turns three today, but what does that truly mean? Today is the day that Alex Sheen’s father passed away from complications of lung cancer and Sheen decided to change the world.

According to Sheen, his father was an average man who kept his word.

“My father was an average man. He was no war hero. He never wrote a book. He never ran marathons. He was a pharmacist. No recognition. No fame. But for everything that made my father ‘average’ and “everyday,’ there was one thing he did exceptionally well. He kept his promises. My father was a man of his word.”

The day of his father’s funeral Sheen made a decision. A decision to model his own life after his father and to encourage others to do so as well. On that day Sheen handed out for the first time what he would call “promise cards” to help remind people of the importance of their commitments. Simply write a promise on the card and use it as a symbol of your honor. He offered to send ten promise cards to anyone anywhere in the world at no cost to them.

Now the because I said I would movement is going global.

“We are starting because I said I would chapters around the world,” said Sheen. ”Each because I said I would chapter will be called an Echo and will act as a force for good in their respective region.”

What will these Echoes do? Each Echo will make and keep unified promises as a team to help people and causes in their local community, come together to learn about how promises and humanity are affected by history, psychology, philosophy and culture,  learn ways that make us better at keeping promises and work as a support group to help members stick with their individual promises.

Now they need your help. In order to make this global movement happen they need funds to get things started. Want to help? Please go here to donate. They are almost at their fundraising goal!

Promises: Easily Made & Easily Broken

because I said I would.

because I said I would.

Promises: Easily made and easily broken, right?  People suck at keeping promises. Many of our promises are left broken. New Year’s Resolutions are only kept by 8% of people. Only 40-50% of people stay married. Politicians don’t stay true to their word, so why should we? Why are we so bad at keeping these and other promises?

Alex Sheen, founder of because I said I would, a social movement and non-profit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept and an inspiration for Forest City’s CARE Contest, dives into this very question head first at his recent TED Talk.

Why? Why don’t we keep our promises? Is it the amount of information we take in each day? Is it our memory? Are we just reimagining or forgetting the things we commit to one another? Are Hollywood endings giving us unreasonable expectations? Do we actually understand exactly what a promise is?

So how do we make a point of keeping these promises? How do we not break the heart of someone we love? Share your promise. Plan on how to keep a promise to your family, to your friends or your co-workers and actually KEEP it. Watch Sheen’s talk and see how he thinks promises can be made and kept. We owe it to each other. We owe it to ourselves.

“Sometimes we don’t need a miracle. Sometimes we just need people to do what they said they were going to do in the first place; to be there for your friends and your family. To fight for a cause through thick and thin. The promises that we make – make this world.” – Alex Sheen