Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Shades of Grey
Most of us have heard the saying: not everything is black and white. This came to mind this weekend when I was talking to a friend. If you did not know her and just saw her in a social situation you would think that everything in her life is great, that things are wonderful in her life and she doesn't have things she deals with and didn't have struggles in her past. The fact of the matter is not only is that not true for my friend but it is true for most of us. Most people have things they deal with on an every day basis that we do not share with the world. These things can be feeling like you are not good enough to struggling with loss of any kind or even fighting for our marriage or with a child who is rebelling. Sadly, as women we do not feel like we can share these things with each other sometimes not even or closest friends.
Have you ever asked someone, "How are you?" then kept rushing by not really listening to their answer? Do we even want to know the answer? Have we gotten too busy to listen and support a friend who may just need someone to talk to? Today, I challenge you to ask someone How are you? then listen to their answer. If they say fine, is their body language, tone and demeanor saying they are fine? or are they just giving the answer they know people are expecting?