The importance of showing up

August 13, 2012 1 COMMENTS

empty officeI was watching a movie recently in which the lead character was up for a prestigious award. While she was visiting an elderly shut-in, the subject of the award came up. The shut-in confidently stated that the woman deserved to win the award. But the nominee wasn’t certain she was worthy of such recognition, so she questioned the elderly woman. “Why do you think so?” the nominee asked. “Because you just show up and that is to be commended” came the certain response.

You see, to the elderly shut-in, nothing was more important than having someone show up each and every day. The fact that the woman delivered her meals each day was probably less important than the company she provided.

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Keepin’ It Real

October 30, 2009 0 COMMENTS

As I write this, I’m sitting in a hotel room in Las Vegas. I must admit that I’m not a big fan of Las Vegas. It’s nothing against the city, it’s just that I typically spend less than 72 hours in Las Vegas at any one time and never get outside the hotel. So all I’m exposed to is the environment that the hotel has created. And it all seems so fake to me.

For instance, yesterday I touched a “marble” column in the hotel at which I’m staying. Only it wasn’t marble. It was painted to look like marble and was actually hollow! And there are all the hotel employees dressed up in costumes pretending to be something or someone they aren’t. Then there are lights, bells, and whistles going off on slot machines as people “win” $2 after pumping in many times their winnings. None of it is what it appears to be. It’s not real!

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