Around mile 2 of my run this morning, I passed a runner who was struggling. And I might add, it’s December 31st and 70F at sunrise, so understandable. I feel you.
But what really caught my eye was his shirt. I hadn’t seen one, but maybe you have. Here’s an example:
Gave me a chuckle. And gave me something to think about the rest of my run.
Was that guy actually making a statement about his running? Or was it “just” the first shirt he grabbed?
Was his apparent struggle to be running supported by his shirt? Or was it a declaration a day early of 2022?
Whatever the case, this statement aligns with how we often show up. And it mostly has to do with that second word. That four-letter word says quite a bit. And it often says, much like a familiar bumper sticker, “I’d rather be somewhere else.” So maybe in that runner’s case, “I’d rather be sitting on my lanai, drinking another cup of coffee, watching College Game Day!”
In the spirit of improving how we show up, let me throw out a couple of suggestions.
One, drop the word “just” anytime you’re making a statement about why you’re anywhere. Whatever amount of tongue biting is involved (been there), stay silent until you can state why you’re there without sounding like you don’t want to be.
Second, on a deeper level in the spirit of New Year’s Eve, how about editing this statement to declare how you desire to show up? “I’m here to __________.” How do you fill in the blank this coming Monday at 8AM? What best completes that sentence for your hopes for the first month of 2022? The first quarter? The entire year?
Declare to yourself, to God, and to whoever else that would benefit, “I’m here to __________.”
Here’s to showing up with purpose in 2022!