Friend: "How are you?"
How many times does this happen in a day? Now, how many times do you say "fine" when you're struggling with something? Yep! Thought so.
I'm guilty of it, as with many others (glad I'm in good company). For some reason, we are afraid to voice our true feelings. Either we don't want to bother anyone with our fears or problems, we don't think they'll understand, or we don't want to appear weak. Whatever the reason, unless you have a therapist at your beck and call, you need to talk to somebody. Sure, if your boss or an acquaintance walks up to you and asks that dreaded question, it might not be appropriate to engage in a lengthy dialog. Or, if someone asks you on social media - not a good idea. I'm referring to our trusted family members, friends or clergy.
Pretending everything is okay works for awhile, but eventually whatever is causing anxiety will simmer, bubble then boil over ... making it worse. If we reach out when the issue first surfaces, more times than not, it will be resolved. If not, then at least we have someone there to offer advice on where to turn. No one should struggle alone.
I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer and try diligently to "turn it over", but I'm also a firm believer in the power of family, friends and clergy. God uses them to speak through all the time ... based on personal experience a hundred times over.
Just my thought for today. Oh, wait a minute ... do you know what "FINE" stands for?