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September 1, 2015
Welcome back to the Be Better Challenge: Be Friendly! It’s been little while but we’re picking this back up this week, and for the rest of September. This week I have a new friendly challenge for you…
Be dependable!! When someone depends on you that means they rely on you for their well-being or to get even the smallest task done. It means honoring your commitments, and being there if and when that special someone needs you. It can be scary sometimes to have someone depend on you, even for the smallest task. Responsibility, in itself, is challenging and often a scary thing. I remember when I first found out I was going to be a mom and I FREAKED out because I was so worried about the responsibility involved, and so concerned that I might mess up this beautiful life that is depending on me! I will say it’s important to be realistic and understand that not everything needs to be a freak out moment. But I’ll also say that there is merit to being on pins and needles because you want so much to make the people you love FEEL loved, and feel like they can depend on you! But just so you don’t freak out like I do (dern my Type A personality…) here are three tips to help you become just a little more dependable so your loves can feel loved by you!
1) Be on time.
This is so so important! Time is such a valuable thing. When it’s gone, you can’t get it back. When you’re on a tight schedule you must stick to it. Time is precious! So when a friend or loved one asks you to be at a specific place at a specific time, it’s important to stick to it as much as you can. It all comes down to respect. Being habitually late doesn’t really set the tone that you respect the other person. Treat other people’s time the way you would like your time to be valued.
2) Keep your word.
My husband and I have this cute thing we do every time we want a promise to be kept…a pinky promise! You know how that goes. One person says they’ll do something, and the other says, “Pinky Promise?” And whatever is promised is basically signed in blood (not really, but almost :-D). Keeping your word is so important and spells the difference in whether your loved ones can trust you in the future or not. A huge part of maintaining relationships is establishing trust. Keeping your word is a huge part of that and making your loved ones feel like they can rely on you for anything.
3) Be ready.
Things happen. LIFE happens. Be ready for it. This doesn’t mean be on pins and needles and constantly ask your friends if everything is okay every 5 minutes. That can be quite annoying. But when a friend calls in crisis the decisions that you make afterward have the potential to make or break a relationship. We’re busy, life happens, and balance is difficult…trust me I understand that all too well. But being there for someone is so very important. And taking the time to listen to a friend vent, helping them out on a project, or even comforting them through a tough loss can spell all the difference. Get ready, and make the decision to be there.
The famous Bill Withers song says it best:
Lean on me
When you’re not strong
I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on
Be the type of person that others can lean on and depend on. And eventually, when the tables are turned, those same people might be there for you.