An Invitation: How Are You?

“I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.”
Can we be with, sometimes just sit with someone who is in pain and rather than fix the pain, offer the support they need; the support of love and friendship that says that ‘I may not know your pain, specifically; but I know that pain that others don’t see or understand is the worst pain at all?’

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  1. I reflagged this post because of it’s appeal to the basic humanity in the post. As humans, we all have certain likes and dislikes, foibles and share the same problems. We all answer the question, ” How are you?” with a response “I’m fine.”

    But, in actuality, how many times are we really fine versus how many times is that what the people who ask the question WANT TO HEAR? Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if occasionally, someone was prepared for the REAL answer to the question, HOW ARE YOU?

    Prepared to hear your story, why you don’t feel fine, why you haven’t shared this before and what living with illness day after day does to your mind and body? How they can help by just listening?

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