No, really, I'm fine.... How often do we ask someone, whether it's a friend, family member, colleague, neighbour (or anyone else), 'how are you?' and they answer, 'I'm fine'? All the time, yes? How often do people ask you, 'how are you?' and you answer, 'I'm fine'? All the time, I'm betting. It's that stock phrase we pull out and give everytime someone asks how we are doing. We often don't even think about saying it, its so automatic. Yet, often we are not fine. And often the person we are asking af ter isn't fine either. In fact, I am betting many people answer 'I'm fine' and, underneath, they are really struggling, hurting, in pain, worrying about something in their life and being faced with terrible news or a distressing situation. But, we will never know this until we starting letting others in and starting reaching out a bit more. Why are we so afraid of how we feel? What are we
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