We often visit our cousins and their four amazing daughters; six year old Elyse
and seven year old triplets, Giavanna, Brielle and Vivienne.
The girls and I talked about what might make someone sad, and that it can be uncomfortable
and how they could Just Show Up. Here’s how our conversation went:
Me: “Thanks for being here ladies. We were talking about some things that might make someone you love or care about sad. What could make someone sad?
Elyse: “When you trip and skin your knee.” (Yes, that hurts!)
Gia: “When you get stuck in a tree and you’re very very sad! (Or scared!)
Brielle: “When your dog dies.” (Or someone you love dies!)
Viv: “When you get stepped on.” (Embarrassed or hurt)
Me: “Good answers! So we can’t always fix things but maybe we can help people to feel better. What can we do?”
Girls: “Just Show Up!!”
Me: Right! How can we Just Show Up?
Elyse: “Like, if something breaks you can just replace it with the same thing but it’s new!”
(Sure, that’s a great idea… if you can!)
Gia: “You can read them a book to keep them calm, so they don’t get really really sad again!”
(I think that’s a wonderful idea! Read them a book to keep them calm and then
you’re spending time with them too. Wonderful!)
Brielle: “You can kiss them…giggle giggle! (You CAN kiss them and you can laugh with them. That’s another great idea, or hug too!)
Viv: “You could sing to them.” (Yes, that could make somebody feel better!)
Me: “So, we can’t fix it and somebody might still be sad, but you know what, all we need to do is three words…
Girls yell: “Just Show Up!”
That’s right. Thank you ladies.
You have your bracelets to remind you to
Just Show Up for yourself first,
to Just Show Up for others and to share the message.
Yvonne Heath is a Canadian leader, Inspirational Speaker, Blogger, Television Host, Author and Creator of the #IJustShowedUp campaign.