Gratitude

People That Show Up

July 24, 2011
World Domination Summit

Every once in a while I like to do a quick check-in on how things are going in my life, and who the people are that are closest to me day to day. Something made me think about one of my neighbors that I haven’t really spent much time with in a long time, and I paused for moment to reflect on it. I didn’t come up with any particular reason why it’s been so long, although I ruled out distance since he’s only 3 floors down.

I suppose the reality is that I’m spending the majority of my time with people that are either in a similar life stage or are working on similar things out in the world right now.

World Domination SummitA year ago, I was in the middle of planning for the Spirit of the Gulf Coast expedition, and it was remarkable to me to see the people that showed up for that work. In the year since, a series of people and experiences have come along that have enriched my life beyond measure.

I’m grateful for each and every person and experience that has shown up, not just in the last year, but every year that I have been on this Earth. 

Each year that goes by, I’m reminded how much we all have in common if we step back long enough to notice. Even as I write this, I’m reframing how I describe it in written form. When I consider the people that have shown up I’ve aligned with, it almost blows my mind. Some of the people that I used to think of as heroes are now people I’m getting the chance to work with.

I also have to include myself on the list of people that I’m grateful for, because I have definitely shown up more in the last year than any other time I can recall. It’s truly a journey of self-discovery that is ongoing, and I’m glad you’re here to share in the process with me.

What about you? Are there people that have shown up that you could take a moment to recognize? Can you include yourself on the list?


Photo: World Domination Summit by Armosa Studios, courtesy of Chris Guillebeau 

5 Comments

  • Reply Darcie Jolliff July 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    There are definitely some people who have shown up and I am very grateful for them.  Specifically some of the wonderful people at the ISF.  In the last 7 or 8  months I have shown up more than I ever have in my entire life.  I feel so empower and proud 🙂 Thank for sharing Brandon. I think it is so important to recognize those who have shown up and align with us.

    • Reply Brandon Sutton July 25, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      Exactly.  ISF has been a big inspiration for me as well, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with such incredible people who are actively making change happen in the world. 

  • Reply Ibosarge July 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you Brandon for reminding me to reflect on people that have just recently shown up in my life. The past year has been the most interesting with new and important people. People that really do make a difference, not only in my life but also in so many others.
    The outreach of kindness, caring and sharing with total strangers across the coast has been very positive and powerful. For me, I’m grateful for what I’m able to accomplish, but I need to keep focused and continue to keep moving forward.

    • Reply Brandon Sutton July 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Lori.  You are one of the ones that ‘showed up’ last Summer – in a BIG way. You might not believe it, but trust me – if it wasn’t for our chance meeting that hot afternoon last August, I doubt seriously the work that ended up coming out of our trip would have ever gone to the lengths that it has.  I’m forever grateful for that connection. 

  • Reply Ibosarge July 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you Brandon for reminding me to reflect on people that have just recently shown up in my life. The past year has been the most interesting with new and important people. People that really do make a difference, not only in my life but also in so many others.
    The outreach of kindness, caring and sharing with total strangers across the coast has been very positive and powerful. For me, I’m grateful for what I’m able to accomplish, but I need to keep focused and continue to keep moving forward.

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