When I was on vacation visiting my family, something my Aunt said stuck with me. She was talking about the reason why she made a 5 hour road trip to be at my parents’ house while we were visiting. She said she wanted my girls to know that she would always show up. That she loved and adored them and she’d always show up for them. What more could you ask your family for than showing up?
It got me thinking about how showing up is important in so many ways. You can show up for your friends or family. To me, that means making the effort to be there both physically and emotionally. It means checking in with a friend who might need your support. It means making the time to save your wife from a flat tire when you are way too busy at work to really justify doing that (that wife may be me and my husband really did that last week!). It means showing up at a 4 year old’s birthday party because it’s your niece or granddaughter. The party isn’t for you. You’re showing that you support them and want to be in their life.
The same thing applies at work. You can show up and tackle things even when you don’t want to, but because it’s what you signed up for in this job. You can show up and support your team or coworkers when they need it. You can show up by being vocal with a differing opinion about something. You can show up by being accountable even when things aren’t going well.
Showing up makes a difference and I think it’s something we should all strive to do. I hope you’re inspired to show up for something this week!