Dependability is "doing what I said I would do, even when it is difficult". Dependability comes from the Latin prefix De- meaning “down” or “from” and pendere meaning “to hang.” Combined, those terms mean “to hang from.” A swing can hang from a tree branch, window washers can hang from the top of a skyscraper, and mountain climbers can hang from a cliff. They all “hang from” a dependable structure that can bear weight without breaking.
- Keep my word.
- Be careful what I promise.
- Correct my mistakes.
- Do my fair share.
- Have a good attitude.
- How would being dependable change your day-to-day habits?
- In which relationships do you need to be dependable?
- Think of a time that someone you depended on fulfilled their promise to you. Share about the experience.
- What are some things to think about before you make a promise?
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