Typically, I have zero hesitancy on what I post on the blog. But this topic has been bouncing around in my brain for about a month. And it is simply (or not so simply) this- when someone asks me, “How are you?” and I respond, “Busy.”
Why do I need to justify my life to another person? Why is this my first answer? We are all ‘busy’. And if you are not, then cherish it. Actually, don’t just cherish it, encourage others to take time for peace.
I need to find a better answer.
An answer that actually expresses where I am at that moment. An answer that is not an excuse. An answer that will allow me to be honest and real.
So if you asked me today, “How are you?” In my head I might say, “Well, I’ve worked all day and now I’m going to go is seventeen different directions to prepare for the weekend. The weekend holds two events and two photography opportunities. Let alone all of my household obligations that I have been neglecting and homework for my masters classes.” But my heart says, “This is an exciting time of my life – full of opportunities and unknowns.”
But what does my mouth say?
I want my mouth to say, “I’m ok, a bit overwhelmed and anxious about my future, but I have faith that I will get through this stage of life. I am enjoying every moment of it, and not wishing to get to the next big ‘thing’.” But do I really want to lay all of that on some unsuspecting person, when they were just being polite?
I challenge all of you to ask me, how I am and do not accept busy. Challenge me to be open and real. Challenge me to not assume that my feelings are not important. I also challenge you to not have ‘busy’ as your answer. The person asking wants to know how you really are – in the midst of your busyness.