|What is Dependability?|
We are fortunate that we live in an area where volunteers are such an active part of the community. Without these volunteers many churches, service and charitable organizations, boards and committees would be hard-pressed to function. Volunteers play a valuable part in the success of plans, projects and welfare of the community.
One of the most important traits that volunteers must demonstrate is dependability. It is imperative that they can be depended upon for fulfilling the responsibility or task that they agreed to do. Nothing destroys a good plan more than someone who promises to do their part, then fails to do so. It is much better to decline to do something when asked, than to agree or volunteer to do it, and then fail. No one likes to be "let down" by another, but it is particularly important if a project with a deadline is compromised. An old Yiddish proverb reminds us "if a link is broken, the entire chain breaks."
Dependability is a virtue which should not be underrated. Children must be able to depend on their parents and parents must be able to depend on their children. Both parents and children must realize that a promise is a binding pledge or agreement, and must not be taken lightly. For a personal relationship to flourish and be lasting, both parties must be dependable and responsible to one another. They must keep their word and never make promises that they cannot keep.
Employers are due dependability from their employees who are expected to be punctual, loyal and to fulfill their job requirements to the best of their ability. Those who serve on volunteer boards and committees must also demonstrate dependability. They must attend meetings regularly, be on time, and consider the work for the group to be important. If they cannot be dependable in these matters, what purpose do they serve to the group they represent?
One of the greatest compliments that one that can receive is that he or she can be depended on. These are the people that who, when called upon, do their part and "pull their load."