Tuesday, September 21, 2010


80% of success is showing up.
~ Woody Allen

I was reminded of this quote today. I thought about it in the context of marriage, but I'd suppose that it could be said to pertain to just about anything.

Marriage is as much about being there for the other person as it is about them being there for you. Or at least it is supposed to be. Sometimes we ask a lot of our spouses. Sometimes we need a lot. Sometimes we ask and ask them to give until they have nothing left. Other times, though, all we ask is that they show up.

Sometimes it is enough to know that wherever we are is important enough. That whatever we need them to be there for is worth showing up. That all the other things they could be doing, the other places they could be, the other people they could be with come second.

Sometimes all you have to do is show up.

This quote pertains as much to parenthood as it does to marriage. Really.

Take a journey with me down memory lane. Not mine, but yours. Look back on the times that you were disappointed. That you felt you weren't important enough. I guarantee the times you remember are the times someone wasn't there.

Kids don't remember all the times you showed up. They remember the one time you didn't.

What did you show up for today?

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