Thanks, again, to each of you who took the time to answer my brief and anonymous survey about what you want from this blog and (soon-coming) podcast. I am truly grateful to be in community with people who are so in-touch with themselves.
Some of you expressed interest in the responses. So below I'm sharing a few of the most common answers to the fill-in questions. I do this not only to honor your curiosity, but also to melt some of the isolation we live with. Please pay close attention to how you feel when you read these answers:
What QUESTIONS would you like me to answer on my blog/podcast?
Did any of the answers above resemble your own? If so, what do you think you might want to do with that sense of shared humanity... now knowing that you are not alone... that your fears and pains are shared by many others?
By answering in the comment section below, you give someone else -- another reader -- the gift you just received. See how it goes round and round? Risking "TMI" also opens us to the possibility of "TLC." Okay, let's hear from YOU now.
P.S. The survey is now closed, but I am always interested to know what topics and information you feel in need of. Please toss those requests in the comments, too.
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. ✍🏾