Ms. Tidwell by one of my students
I was asked to talk in church a few weeks ago. The theme was being a disciple of Christ and at the end of my talk I gave examples of how we can “show up” for Jesus. I gave some examples of how we could be kind to others, attend church on Sunday even though it is at 8am, and standing up for what we believe in.
I think supporting others by attending weddings and birthday parties may not seem like a big deal but the truth is it feels good when others show up for us. It feels good to show up and support others. I have been trying to show up for those that I love. Many times that means attending late night sporting events after a long day of working. Or last Saturday after attending CPR training I got some items and went to help at my daughters birthday party. Helping at the birthday party meant I would forgo getting groceries for the family for the week and lag behind on laundry and house cleaning. Guess what…we were fine. I grabbed a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk and yes we had cereal one night for dinner. Something I never thought I would do, but things change. The truth is will my daughter ever turn 11 again? No. I am learning to show up and be better at it. I haven’t always been.
Showing up is truly giving a piece of our heart away a piece of us a moment of our time. Sarah Barielles sings a song called, Little Black Dress that I love. She sings, I tried to be everything you ever want and sometimes…I even stood on my heart and stomped, now I’m dressed for the show but going nowhere. I will not ever stand on my own heart and stomp. ever. I will show up for me too.
Every minute of every day feels scheduled. It is exhausting. I have to learn to show up for myself too. That is really tricky to do. Especially, when there is so little time. Time. My greatest commodity. I learned a lesson this week about putting myself first. Why is this so hard to do? The things that I love to do and want to do need to fit in there too. I need to show up for myself. I need to get sleep and go to the gym. Tomorrow I will run my first ever Spartan. I am showing up for myself. I need to eat healthy foods. I wouldn’t say the bowl of cereal I had for lunch/breakfast today was a good example of carb loading for tomorrow. Luckily, I made up for it at dinner where I was showing up and attending a dear friends birthday party.
I will show up by….
1. Give love freely and openly hugs are healing.
3. Eat good foods
5. See my friends
6. Gym…even though it is a sacrifice at 5am I have to remind myself that I can show up for me too.
7. Taking risks
8. Letting go of fear
9. Being present
10. Long hot baths
XOXO- Show up. The Sunny D