Brene Brown once said, “sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do, is just show up”
She makes a good point.
There is a story of a group of kids who were bragging about how successful their parents are. The first little boy said, “my dad makes $200,000 a year.” The second little girl said, “my mom is charge of an entire company” and the third little boy say, “yeah, well may dad is…right here”.
Kids make life so simple. It’s not about money, or success, or prestige, but it’s about presence. They don’t care how much you make, or how high up the corporate ladder you have climbed, or whose famous hand you have shaken, if you take the time to shoot some hoops with them in the driveway, or make their friends feel welcome, or if you have taken an hour out of your day to take them for ice cream, then you are a hero.
I think we underestimate how importance our presence can be. Texts are terrific, emails are excellent, but nothing beats flesh and blood!!
I was a terrible hockey player. That’s okay, I can admit it, but my parents never missed a game that I played. Looking up in the stands and seeing them there week in and week out made me feel like what I did was important. They showed up. And because they showed up, I showed up.
In the book of Corinthians in the Bible is says this, “if one person suffers, all suffers together. If one person rejoices, all rejoice together” This passage reminds us that both our struggles and our victories are made sacred when they are shared.
You don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room. Just show up. It counts for more than you can imagine.