Tell the truth.
Don’t be attached to the outcome.” – Native, four-fold path
What do communities need now?
Communities need people to show up.
It’s easy to show up if you think it means you only have to be present in body. Yes, that’s easy. We do it all the time when we’re preoccupied with family issues at work, or when we wake up in the middle of the night thinking about a conversation we had the day before. We’re there “in body,” but we’re not really “there,” we haven’t really “shown up,” for our work or for ourselves.
Show up. Be present. Be there, now! See what’s in front of you. Feel what you feel. Show up for yourself in order to show up for others.
Show up for yourself in order to show up for the communities in which we live.
How do you “show up” for yourself? My first thought is that this takes work. “Showing up” means letting go of everything that isn’t working for you now. For example, how often do you react to someone else the way you reacted to your mother or father when you were 5 years old?
Are you working too hard in order to not pay attention to the nagging feeling you have about life? Are you drinking too much, or even every day? Are you letting your health go?
The real work of life is to learn to let go of those things that don’t serve you now, and haven’t served you for a long time. If you’re preoccupied most of the time, then you have work to do. Maybe you need to talk to a trusted friend about what’s troubling you. Maybe you would be helped by talking to a therapist. Maybe you need to take some time alone to get back in touch with yourself and your own needs. Maybe you need to get up and move a bit!
Show up. The communities we live in need some folks who are adults, who respond to life and its ordinary emergencies with clarity and presence. If you haven’t done the work, then our communities need you to do the work. None of us is perfect, but we all have work to do in order to “let go of childish ways,” to take on the ways of being an adult.
Are you showing up? Are you present when something important happens? Are you present for the important people in your life when they need you? Are you present when a transition, a turning point is being celebrated?
Are you present? All of our communities need you – and me – to be present now. We’re waiting for you to show up!