Did you listen when you asked? (JennKL Photography)

Just something I think about a lot. When you ask someone "How are you today?" or "How are you doing?" in passing...do you actually listen for an answer or keep walking? Do you want an actual answer or just a "fine, thanks" so you can go about your day?  I try to make it a point to stop and listen when I ask someone this question. I do genuinely care. You never know what a difference you might make in someone's day just by actually, fully listening, taking a moment to care, making eye contact. This sounds sad, but I've been asked "how are you doing?" many times and often times when I turn to actually answer and ask the question back, I'm saying it to the back of someone's head. It usually makes me laugh because I'm telling the back of someone's head as they walk away "fine, thanks for asking" and then I just think really?!, why did you even ask. I am fine today. And was fine on those days that someone asked and didn't wait for a response. But still, some days we're not fine and it just hurts a little more when someone just keeps on walking by. I'd wager there are times when we could all bring this into our friendships and relationships too. Do you really listen? Thoughts? I hope you are doing well today. Here's a little sunshine...

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