The average person tells 4 lies a day
or 1460 a year;
a total of 86,700 by the age of 60.
And the most common lie is:
How many of us go about our day telling ourselves and anyone else who asks, “I’m fine,” even when we know we aren’t. Denying the state of unrest within us doesn’t do anyone else any good, least of all ourselves.
Sure there are those of us who think we are inner powerhouses, who believe innately that we can work through the chaos and if we just put a little more effort into it, we can survive. We continue to take each hurdle as it comes and keep moving forward, even when our body, mind, heart and soul yearn to rest. But there’s no rest when we are amidst chaos. We can’t let someone else down, nor ourselves. We have to keep on, keeping on, in order to make it through, putting our best foot forward, because we are the responsible ones. We are the ones whom everyone else is counting on and we just can’t let them down, nor can we face that sorry fact that we need help where we are.
If we were observant, we would face the truth and tell ourselves to reach out and we would know in our hearts that there are people who can and would help us. Sometimes we do reach out, but if the person to whom we reach out can’t help us or won’t help us, we are doubly determined to just do it alone. And so goes on that vicious circle of “I’m fine.”
But honestly. we are not alone. You are not alone, nor am I.
And at times, we are certainly, NOT FINE.
Sure, I could tell you to rest and allow the weight of the world to fall off your shoulders at night so that you could sleep in peace. You could hang your worries on a branch and give them over to God. You could pray for solutions and look for signs from above. You could reach out to friends and family for support or to trained professionals for guidance. You could hire someone to do what it is you are so determined to do yourself. It all depends on what is weighing you down and what is not fine.
But will you do that?
It’s a choice to get help when things are chaotic (and even when they aren’t). It’s a letting go of the control and of the belief that I can do it. It’s dropping the role that you’ve lead your entire life of being the responsible one and taking on obligations that maybe weren’t really even yours in the first place, but because nobody else stepped up, you did.
There will be those who criticize you if you choose to allow yourself to honestly say, “I’m not fine.” There will be those who simply don’t understand what’s so hard for you when they look from the outside with their perception into your life. There are those who will turn their backs and walk away. Then there will be those who stay, who hold your hand, listen and pick up a shovel to help you get rid of the mess.
Those are the ones I want at my side. What about you?
Trust in those who hold your hand with a loving heart space. Allow their kindness, generosity and love to heal you, to help you and to ease the burdens you carry. Trust in God that He can help you through these tough times. And for goodness sake, get rid of the I’m fine, except when you know it will fall on deaf ears or when you really mean it. Trust in I’m not fine, with those whose hearts are open to yours.
So if you’re asking me, “I’m not fine” today, but as Scarlett O’Hara once said, “Tomorrow is another day.”
How are you?