Lately I've been thinking about lying. Not just the big lies that are obvious or even the ones to keep a secret (like for a surprise party). I've been thinking about the small lies that we don't even realize we're telling.
What is the number one lie told in America? I warn you - it's a whopper that you probably have been telling for years... sometimes multiple times each day! So let's be real.
How are you today?
There you have it, folks. The number one lie told in America. "I'm fine."
How many times have we told people we're fine without even thinking about it? It's on autopilot. Everyone says, "How are you?" We say, "I'm fine. How are you?" We don't even have to think of a different response. It's automatic. That's the answer that we give. But why do we automatically say that?
We're not robots. We're human. We all have challenges and struggles, emotions and feelings. We're not designed to do this life alone. We are designed to be in community with each other.
So let's flip the switch. The next time you run into someone, say: "How's your day going so far?" "How can I encourage you today?" "You look great - what are you doing to take care of yourself?"
And if you're on the receiving end, be a little creative with your answers. Say: "I'm having some challenges right now, but I am hopeful that things will be more positive in the future." "Honestly, I could use some encouragement." "I'm really doing well. I'm thankful for what is going on in my life."
Be honest. Be more real. And by doing that, we can foster better connections with each other. We can be in community with each other. We may even develop a new friendship.
You don't know what can happen, but I encourage you to really think twice before giving the standard answer that you're "fine."
Share. Be honest. And be real.
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