How are you, really?

Hi.

How are you?

 

 

How are you, really?

What’s been bothering you?

What’s on your mind?

What did you hate about today?

 

What did you love?

Who made you smile?

What did you achieve?

What did you accomplish?

 

Is there anything that I can help you with?

What can I do for you?

What are you keeping bottled up inside?

What are your fears?

 

 

Every day we are engaging with one and other, but how often are we actually taking the time to listen to what is really going on? Do we really give each other the space to share our joys, our fears, our thoughts… without fear of judgement? I can’t remember the last time someone said “no” to me when I asked if they were okay; how many times in the past month have you said you’re well, donning the happy mask, when deep down inside you’re miserable.

The one constant in the world seems to be that life is getting faster and we are getting busier – trying to fit more into our schedules, take on more roles, learn new things… but the clock doesn’t tick over to twenty-five hours in day.

 

So… next time you ask someone how they are, take a minute to listen. Really listen; offer the space and opportunity for expression. We need to take care of each other.

 

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