“Fine” vs. “It’s a long story…”

Tis the season to be jolly- and to give quick fire one word answers to questions such as “How are you doing?”. It seems pretty funny that at the celebration of the one who had an abundance of time to spend with people; hearing about their worries, loving them into freedom, dialoging with them about beautiful, alternative ways to live, we are so rushed off our feet that we don’t have time to really find the answers to “how are you?”

So… subvert it.

Ask for real answers. Allocate 15 minutes each day to sit down with a colleague and hear how they are feeling. Find 2 hours in the run up to Christmas to sit down with a friend and just… chew the fat. Decline the temptation for a 6th visit to the mall for pressies and instead take the person you were pressie hunting for out for a cuppa. Do it in this spirit of Jesus:

Come thou long expected Jesus
Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in thee.

(Charles Wesley)


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