Standing up.

They sat in the booth in front of me.

As they pushed their plates away, the woman stood easily and waited for her lunch partner.

She’s somewhere in between 45 and 55. I can’t tell what her relationship is to the man across from her.

He swivels his frail body so that he faces the aisle. Hands on the walker in front of him, he attempts to stand.

She’s not very warm to him, but not cold. Is she his caretaker? His daughter?

He struggles to pull himself up, hips barely lifting off his seat before he falls back in defeat.

“Try again,” she tells him firmly.

He waits a moment, almost as if to catch his breath.

Finally, he grabs the aluminum handles to pull his aging body into standing position.

For several seconds, he remains in limbo – will he stand or will he fall?

He makes it – he stands.

“That’s a big accomplishment.”

The statement is so affirming  - something that is a menial task for me is a big accomplishment for him.


It made me think.

Sometimes, we don’t give standing up all the credit it deserves.

Sometimes, standing up is the hardest thing to do.

Standing up in the face of adversity, discouragement, fears, uncertainty.

Before you can walk, you have to stand.

You have pull to yourself up for your pit of whatever to set yourself on solid ground, firmly planting your feet.

Standing can be brave.

You can be unsure and shaky, but still persevere and take the first step for anything: standing up.

Before you can walk, run, jump, bike, skip or whatever you dream of doing, you have to stand.

People don’t notice standing as much as they do its derivatives. We don’t give out gold medals for standing.

Don’t discount the difficulty of standing.

Standing is the first step. Standing is a decision – a decision that despite what I feel and despite my circumstances, I’m going to try.

It can be a conversation that needs to happen.

It can be a stepping out of a comfort zone.

It can be sharing your gifts, your creations with someone for the first time.

It can be reaching out to one person.

Don’t discount the little things, because they ultimately lead to the big things.