Because I said I would is a social movement dedicated to the betterment of humanity through the importance of a promise.
Founder Alex Sheen’s father died of small cell lung cancer on September 4th, 2012. His father was good with his promises, so Alex titled his father’s eulogy “because I said I would” and created the promise card in his memory. Eventually Alex would decide to resign from his corporate position in order to advance because I said I would‘s mission.
To encourage positive change and acts of kindness, because I said I would send “promise cards“ to anywhere in the world at no cost. People use these cards to remember the importance of their word, for promises both big and small. It might just seem like a piece of paper, but those promise cards have motivated people to stick with their commitments to better humanity. A heroin addict’s promise to stay in rehab. A young girl’s promise to stop cutting herself. Or a simple promise to volunteer at the local food bank.
This social movement came into the spotlight when a video confession was recorded and released to the public of a drink and drive fatal accident.
Matthew Cordle has been sentenced to 6.5 years in prison with no chance of early release and a lifetime driver’s license suspension. As Matthew promised, he plead guilty and took responsibility for the horrible crime that ended Vincent Canzani’s life. Because I said I would recorded and released Matthew’s confession video with the hope that it would convince others to make the commitment to not drink and drive.
During the sentencing hearing, Cordle read a statement to the court: “The true punishment is simply living. Living with the knowledge I took a man’s life.”
On a lighter note, look back at your life and reflect on it. Think of all the broken promises and unkept resolutions that you fail to fulfill. You can make things better if you stay true to your promises.
Write your promise down and let it be a symbol of your commitment.
Stay true to your word. Don’t give up.
It may just be a piece of paper, but sometimes you just need something to hold on to.
Get your promise cards and start with a small promise to yourself or your loved ones.
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