The Reliable Life

How reliable are you? Think about this, ask: am I reliable in all areas of my life? Can you be counted on at work, at home, in the community, by your friends, or for the health of yourself? Can you count on you?

The reliable life means that you show up and make an investment in your surroundings first.  Being reliable is more than just getting to work and getting a paycheck; it is being present and making a valued contribution. A reliable life is more than providing for your family by making sure there is food in the refrigerator and the house is clean; it is being there for your loved ones in an intimate, significant way. Reliability in this context means you listen, are present and engaged in deeper awareness. Parents need to know that things do not make your children happy; it is the quality of reliable time spent with your children and other kids that makes a difference in their confidence and coping ability. Accustom children to hardship and problem solving.  “We must raise them as moral and spiritual beings by offering them unequivocal, reliable standards of right and wrong, noble and base, just and unjust.” ~ William John Bennett

Reliability stems from more than saying yes all of the time. Integrity proceeds reliability in that those with whom you have a relationship can and do trust you and your word. Thus, when you accept with a “yes” you can be relied upon to do what you agreed to do.

Health reliability means showing up to assist the development of a healthy you. How do you feel right now? Is this reliable or does your health habits tank or vary from day to day? The body, your body is the “throne of the inner temple” which you must govern with tender reliability. Treat your body and your mind well.

Shawn Achor, a Harvard graduate who has done extensive research on the health of happiness, has found that happiness contributes to longevity. In his book, The Happiness Advantage, and in the PBS program of the same name, happiness is the anchor of productivity and longevity.

The reliable life demands balance. You can’t do it all and remain reliable. Instead, build reliability by acts of willing trust. Make a new habit of being trustworthy and reliable. You will find the inner stream of joy and happiness to live your best life.

Be reliable, be happy.

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