I have to start by saying that I chose an odd way of phrasing this value of mine. There are conversations in philosophy, psychology, and even patient care, that all use this word with their own meanings and etymology.
When I am speaking of this value, I am trying to showcase the fact that some things ought to be taken care of in a special way. On my Personal Values page, I try to line up a few central articulations of my own personal
On one level of thought, this value would be the value of persistence or preservation. But, me being who I am, I am fine with saying things in my weird way.
Continuity involves two very interconnected positions in my own summation. The first is that every person who is diligent in pursuing an effective life should be trying to do things of significance. And the second being, that if we are ourselves doing things of great importance, we should be diligent in trying to incorporate other people into the same effort.
Making a Life by Making a Difference
Now, when I talk about making a life or a difference, I am not so naive as to say that everyone should make a job out of whatever your great passion is. This can be done, and where there is grace and opportunity to do so, you should consider trying to make your life’s work your actual day job.
I believe that the best work (of any kind– professional, hobby, passion,
Whether what you do is your 9 to 5 or is done on evenings or weekends, making a difference is what counts. Your volunteering at your local church or in a ministry is an important thing that you do. You donating money or passing out gift cards to homeless folk is making a difference.
Bring Others in on Making the Difference
And here is where we reach the real essence of my thought. When you are doing important things (big or small), involve other people in on it. Have people jump in the car with you as you hand out those gift certificates to people on the side of the road. Teach someone how to effectively operate the parking lot ministry.
Think of your passion project as a small business. In the beginning of most of these ventures, you have a owner who is working 70 hours a week. It is painful but also beautiful. You’ll see some help from the family, kids setting tables, the wife making work orders and inputting data into Quickbooks.
When the business really starts to take of is usually when the owner has found a person or a few that can start taking over aspects of the business that the busy owner doesn’t necessarily need to be a part of anymore. What’s better is that these employees turn out to be trusted people, dependable creative. They start running with their responsibilities and start to make their own difference.
Passing on Passions
When we start thinking about our great passions in life, do we ever think about including other people? I find that many people will complain that people aren’t as nice as they use to be. They aren’t as generous as they use to be.
What’s the matter? I don’t claim to know where certain things started going in different trajectories, but I know that if you want to change the tide, you need a lot of people involved.
When we invite people into our lives and passions, and give them an opportunity to be involved, we are passing on the torch of our good works to other people.
I tend to think that if there is anything worthwhile to do, you should do it and pass it on. That’s continuity to me.