I took this yesterday on the roof (no filter), and was reminded
that clouds can -- momentarily -- block light.
But then that moment always passes.
They will break apart, move on,
and the light is unblocked.
The rules of this game are simple:
(1) know what you are;
(2) hold your position; and
(3) keep shining.
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾