Continuous Behaviors

There were many, what I would call, “continuous behaviors” about my dad that left a formative impression on me. Some of these behaviors or practices were critical not only as examples, but were handed down skills and world perspectives (how you interact with the world) that contributed heavily to whom I am and how I did practiced the same behaviors as a father and in interacting with the world. The first and most important was of course being a Christian with consistent attendance of church, participating in Sunday school and numerous small groups around the church. Another was being a skillful do-it-yourself craftsman. He not only was able to fix or repair most anything, but made a point to often have me participate and thereby learn skills and techniques about most everything mechanical. He was also a fine artist, mostly pencil drawings, which unfortunately I had not the talent to follow in those footsteps, despite some efforts in that area. And then finally a consistency of life style. Throughout all his life, he worked hard, getting up early and off to work to ensure the household was always provided for financially. I recall being very small and hearing him leave for work, popping out of bed to look out the window and watch his car leave while it was still dark. This instilled in me I believe a life-long practice of rising early to tackle the day’s duties be they at work or at home on the weekends. So in summary it seems critically important to me to practice ‘continuous behaviors’ even when we don’t feel like it. And as we all know these actions become habits which become traits of who we are and how we witness to our family and the world.

Gordon Albury
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