I've noticed as of late that when I'm asked "How are you?" in a pleasant exchange, my answer more often than not is "I'm busy."
I don't say it in a curt manner. It just happens to be the first thing that pops into my head.
But "I'm busy" really doesn't answer the question. "Busy" is what I'm doing. "Busy" is not how I am.
Everyone is busy. My colleagues, family, friends are not slackers. We all have a to-do list that tugs at our time. On the busy-ness scale, I probably fall somewhere in the middle--not too busy to miss out on a favorite TV show or get less than six hours' sleep, but busy enough that I'm spending more time than I'd like on the computer screen working on projects.
Today, when I'm asked "How are you?", I'm going to pause for a second, really think about how I really am--not what's racing through my head or what I'm doing--and answer from a place of being.
The answer will most likely be "I'm well, thank you. And you?".
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