Over Sunday morning breakfast I introduced the family to the character trait “Availability” as we intend to study this over the next month. I asked each of the family to give me a definition as they understood this trait. Peter’s was my favourite: Be there
Though we have, in the past, used the definition: Be ready to serve, Peter’s definition touched a lot more on the attitude of availability. If we are to ‘be there’ it means we need to have all our senses ready to go, ready to serve. It means we need to live in the moment, be alert to needs around us. It means that our heart also needs to be ready; it is an attitude thing.
Being available doesn’t mean actually getting anything done – that would be diligence, perseverance or thoroughness – but being available means being ready to do whatever is needed. Our discussion clarified this difference. Sometimes I think we forget to mention that character is as much about our attitude as our actual actions. Our children need to know to make character based attitude choices as well as character based action choices.