Lesson Learned: While Bob’s quote sounds quite similar to the marketing slogan of The Pennsylvania Lottery – you have to play to win – I suspect Bob’s mantra has less to do with cash winnings than offering a valuable life lesson.
For some, “showing up” may require enormous amounts of physical and emotional energy. I’m thinking about individuals for whom simply getting out of bed in the morning is a major accomplishment because of a crippling illness. Or those who have emotionally strenuous jobs, like first responders, who need all of their strength to consistently “show up” because they serve people who need them during times of emergencies.
The essence of “showing up” can also play out in a more personal and nurturing way that provides the opportunity to participate, contribute, comfort and reinforce. By simply being present with a genuine smile, a gentle touch or a kind word, you can score a big win, not just for yourself, but for others as well.
After all, one reaps what one sows.