10 Ways AΣA Staff Members Show Up For Others
It is easy to get hung up on the monotony and tasks of daily life, especially when your to-do list is overflowing, and it feels like there are not enough hours in the day. When so much time is dedicated to your job, your family and your everyday chores, when is there time to check in on those around you? People easily go into auto-pilot navigating their own life, but when and how do they reach out to show support for others? From large gestures to small, there are countless ways to make this happen.
Here are ten ways that Alpha Sigma Alpha national headquarters and Foundation staff members “show up” for others:
“It’s hard to watch a friend or family member struggling with a problem. You naturally want to help – to find a way to fix their problems and relieve suffering. However, your job as a friend is to listen – without trying to fix, troubleshoot or offer suggestions. Trying to fix a problem, may come off as un-empathic, like you’re trying to dismiss their pain or indicating you only want to be around them if their happy. Next time a friend comes to you with a problem, practice empathy by listening only.” – Kelsey Turner, Director of Communications & Marketing
“Everyone has times in life where an extra helping hand makes all the difference. I try to show up for others during these times specifically by asking what I can do to make things easier. Maybe that is bringing a meal to a friend, helping a coworker with a time-consuming task or taking a moment to send an encouraging message.” – Suzanne Jones, Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation Development Coordinator
“I support others by working to offer relevant and impactful learning opportunities that empower, educate and change the lives of women around the country. By investing in others, I am doing my part to positively influence future leaders and the world.” – Kim Richard, Director of Events & Programs
“I show up for others by being someone who is available as much as possible. Whether someone needs support, a listening ear or just someone to sit with, I strive to be a friend that can always show up when needed.” – Lexi Carter, Communications Coordinator
“#justshowup means more than just being there to support your friends. Showing up means pushing yourself and focusing on what you need to be successful, showing up means doing double workouts for someone in your group who’s physically injured, showing up means giving back to your community and having a bigger purpose for your life. The fitness group I joined over a year ago exists to bring together fitness and community in a city lives and breathes this idea of just showing up. While on the outside I thought I was getting free work outs inside I was learning this concept of just showing up for new friends, strangers, the community and ultimately myself. To me it means I am here, and we are here to support you in whatever life may bring. It doesn’t mean always knowing the right thing to say or buying a gift it simply means just show up and provide the support and drive that lives inside of you.” – Morgan Shiflett, Collegiate Experience Coordinator
“I show up for those around me and support them by being ‘present’ whenever I interact with someone. Being present requires putting distractions down to focus and listen to what is happening and what is being said.” – Ali Harris, Volunteer Coordinator
“I support others in the office by keeping my office door open, which allows anyone to pop in with a question or take a quick brain break.” – Hayley Remmel, Event Coordinator
“Showing up and being there for someone can be simple! One of my favorite things to do is find an easy and quick DIY project that I can gift to a coworker or friend. Something to show you were thinking about the person and wanted to put a smile on their face. Regardless of what someone is going through, knowing someone is thinking about them can make a difference in their day.” – Darci James, Office Manager
“I show up for my friends by knowing and talking their love language. This lets me show care through what is most important to them!” – Tess Tedrick, Collegiate Recruitment Coordinator
“I still like to send someone a good handwritten letter, especially since they aren’t sent as often as they used to be (something my mom likes to remind me). For a friend or family member who may be experiencing loneliness or a tough time, it’s an unexpected surprise to open up the mailbox and receive a handwritten letter checking in on them. It shows them that they’re being thought of and that they’re important to me.” – Vanessa David, Director of Alumnae Engagement
Whether it’s through active listening or sending an encouraging message; how do you “show up” to support the people in your life?