You Showed Up So Thanks

Darrin Atkins
2 min readNov 24, 2023

It really does mean a lot, you know

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You find out who your friends are when things go south and you need a helping hand.

One time I had to move from one place to another. I couldn’t do it myself, partly because two items were super heavy.

“I’m busy," said one person.

“Don’t have a truck," said another.

Finally, I mentioned this to a co-worker.

“Well, how long would it take?"

“Five minutes maximum," I answered.

“Are you sure?"

“I promise. We just need to move two items out of the kitchen.”

“That’s fine. We can help."

When they arrived on Saturday morning, I said, “You showed up so thanks for that."

We finished in two minutes and I remember the fact that they helped me when nobody else would do so.

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One time I was at a low point in life. I had lost my sense of direction and was just adrift, sleeping in a campground somewhere near Flagstaff.

A college friend happened to be driving through Northern Arizona and she stopped by to visit one evening. Somehow she found me and invited me to share a hotel room. We cared for each other like family.

The next morning I felt strong again, full of hope and confidence.

“Are you going to be all right?" she asked when she dropped me off.

“I’ll be fine," I said. “Have a good time in Sedona."

And of course she did make me friends there, as well as in Santa Fe and El Paso later on.

She showed up for me. That made a difference in my life.

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Sometimes you just need somebody to show up for you every once in a while. They don’t have to bring money or gifts. No, not at all.

Just having somebody in your life who gives a little bit more than they have to is a big deal. It matters. It can restore your soul. It can get you motivated again.

The next time somebody asks for help, take a moment to remember what it feels like when somebody showed up for you.



Darrin Atkins

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