Tuesday, April 5, 2016

You Keep Showing Up.

A couple of weeks ago I was spending time with my friend Sarah. We had recently seen a play starring my BFF Story, and I was sharing with Sarah how much Story has meant to me and my life. I said something to her like, "I don't know how I'll ever repay Story for all that she's done for me. I mean, I keep showing up for her plays and things like that ..."

And then Sarah said these profound words:

YOU KEEP SHOWING UP.

Wow.

I'm honestly not sure if Sarah even realized how profound this was when she first said it, but it really blew me away. I've been thinking about it ever since.

You keep showing up.

Isn't that what we are supposed to do for the people we love? I mean, we can send them gifts on their birthdays and flowers when they are promoted, but, at the end of the day, when push comes to shove, only one thing matters to the people we love and that is -- that we keep showing up for them.

We show up when they get cast in great plays. We show up when they have a hard day at work. We show up when it's their birthday, and we also show up on a random Wednesday when they are feeling defeated by life. We show up to their parties, and we also show up when they have a parent who passes away. We show up when they text at 11 p.m. and also when they need someone to tell a joke to.

The most important thing we can do for our friends is to make sure they see our faces on a regular basis. We make sure they know they are not alone. That someone is in their corner.

So, if you're my friend, I might not always be able to send you the best gift or find the perfect words, but I can promise you one thing:

I'LL KEEP SHOWING UP.


Story and me and Sarah and me. (And apparently I do keep showing up ... in the same yellow sweater. Haha.)


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