Keep Showing Up

keep-showing-upEver feel like just rolling over in your bed when the alarm goes off? Skipping work or that dreaded conference call you have scheduled every two weeks at 6 AM? I’d wager most of us have felt that way at some time or another.

Today I wanted to skip my 6 AM conference call. No one would really miss me if I didn’t show up, and really, I only need to attend oneĀ more call to meet my quota for my course work, so what’s the big deal?

Well, the big deal is, every time I get on this call, it seems as though we are all experiencing the same thoughts or emotions. And every time I get on this call, I learn something from someone. And it’s comforting to know I am not alone.

When I keep showing up, I learn something new, and that propels me into a new thought process, a different way of thinking, a better mindset. Heck, I even had something to offer today that helped others, and that was pretty amazing. If we just stayed in bed and never showed up, we’d be stagnant. How boring is that?

So starting today, I encourage you all to shake the desire and thoughts entering your mind, convincing you to not go. JustĀ keep showing up. Even when you don’t want to, make your presence. You never know what you will learn, or who you will be inspiring.

Make it an awesome day today!

#SummerofAwesome

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Comments

  1. Dana says

    Yes, every day I want to hide under my covers and not show up anywhere. I feel physically and mentally exhausted most of the time. This is cumulative from many years of raising my kids on my own with no emotional support and going to law school and working to support me and my kids. Why did I do all that? I often ask. I only made my life tougher. I need to somehow put all that aside or “recover” once and for all from it and start enjoying life. I do push myself to get up and show up to work. Because I need to survive. I just wish it was more than just survival. But I like your message and it will stick with me I’m sure. I will think of it whenever I don’t feel like getting out of bed.

    • Andrea says

      Dana, your comment really resonated with me.

      First, let me tell you that I completely understand how difficult it is to raise children without the emotional support of a partner. Even the most checked-out partner provides a little something, even if it’s as simple as having someone to stay with the kids while you run to Target for a couple of minutes to get away from it all. And when you don’t have that, it is exhausting and even the slightest thing going wrong can be hugely overwhelming, because we’re dancing with a whole stack of plates on our heads and even the smallest tip of the balance can make the whole thing come crashing down.

      Next, I want to aknowledge that you are doing some of the most difficult things in life all at the same time! Raising kids on your own, working full time (IMHO, jobs are far more complex now than they were 20-30 years ago for a whole host of reasons, but we don’t need to get into that now – suffice it to say that work is called work for a reason!), and going to law school.

      So please stop and give yourself some kudos for doing all that you’re doing! Are you giving yourself credit for all you’re doing and how AWESOME you are? If you’re not, I suggest you read this…http://www.bringingbackawesome.com/awesomeness-vs-arrogance/.

      Now it’s time to recognize that you are doing something awesome for yourself – going to law school so that you can improve your future. (I’m assuming that you actually enjoy the law and are doing this for yourself…if not, perhaps it’s time to rethink?)

      I don’t know how much more time you have until you finish law school, but realize that the time will pass no matter what you’re doing and you’re working to create a better life for yourself and your kids. Please, please, please take a moment to think about that every morning when you wake up and are feeling overwhelmed. Eventually, you will see the light at the end of the tunnel, and this time it won’t be a train!

      If you have time for some light reading (which I realize you probably don’t, but the chapters are about 10 minutes each), I highly recommend Rhonda Byrnes “The Magic.” It’s helped me to shift my perspective on a lot of similar things to those you’re experiencing.

      This has been a long, drawn out response, but your comment really hit me where I live! Dana, I’m wishing you all the best in life and am sending positive energy your way!

      (Feel free to email if you ever need to talk…andrea [at] bringingbackawesome.com.)

  2. Alexandra Piacenza says

    I had a friend in the same meditation group as me who used to say, when I complained about how difficult it was for me to meditate regularly, “I just suit up and show up.” That’s half the battle of just about everything. Rather than anticipating (and fearing, disliking, rebelling against) what we think will happen, to just agree to be present, no more and no less, can be liberating.

  3. Denise says

    Alexandra – Just be PRESENT! With no expectations or self-made pressures. When you are present, magic happens! I love the “Just suit up & show up”. Thanks for reading.

    Dana – I can’t thank you enough for sharing your most personal feelings with us. If you’ve got no one in your corner, you can definitely count on me and Andrea. We think you are amazing! Sending good thoughts and lots of love your way!

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