Those three little words are asked all the time. Do you tell people how you really feel? I tend to be honest, but even I realize not everyone is interested in hearing about my balance issues or all my aches and pains. So rather than lying, I shrug and say about the same as usual or some such nonsense.
“Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, ‘How are you?’ have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don’t want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you.” – Maya Angelou
A friend of mine posted a quote by Maya Angelou that got me thinking… if you’re not interested in the answer, then you shouldn’t ask the question. Instead you should cultivate a new greeting that doesn’t require an answer.
What can you say instead? You look lovely… What if they don’t? Sometimes I look like I feel, not often, but occasionally. Maybe just a simple hello. If you feel the need to ask a question, perhaps “What have you been up to lately?” The answer won’t make anyone uncomfortable.
How do you handle greetings? Love, Peace and Light! Rita