We know that we don't have to wait for arbitrary dates
to do aspirational things. But our limbic system is complicated.
It still seems to need prompts, triggers and calendar cliffs
for us to leap from... to declare, "NO more of that!"
And "LOTS more of that!" So whether you embrace
December 31 as the ultimate re-set button. Or, like me,
you view each day as renewed, may your Right Now
feel shiny, new and full of possibility.
Because it is all of those things.
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. ✍🏾