“I think the skill of showing up, is not to be underrated.”Barb O, Baker City
What do you think is an important skill to have?
“I think an important basic skill is how to show up. How to show up for other people, for work, for yourself. I imagine that’s a bunch of skills combined. Maybe it’s how to commit to yourself or commit to a job or commit to someone. And I think it can be a challenge because, internally and externally, there are a lot of demands on your time and your attention and I think it can be hard to focus and really show up for people, to be present with other people. Or to concentrate on a project or job or any effort. There’s so much distraction and, for me anyway, monkey-mind. Certainly in these days of smart phones, my own distraction and others’ distraction has increased. I think about how I’ve felt insulted, or dismissed, when someone turns to their phone when we have been mid-conversation or mid-visit and they just disappear. Then when you do it to others and you don’t recognize it till later and you realize you probably hurt someone’s feelings. I think the skill of showing up is not to be underrated.”