Thursday, March 8, 2012
How Are You?
This is something that has always irritated me. People say, "How are you" like they are saying "Hello." There is a HUGE difference, my friend. "Hello" is a statement, and although it is usually reciprocated, there is no requirement for a response.
"How are you" is a question. And it's not a rhetorical one. A question usually gets an answer. When people ask me how I am, I ask THEM if they want the truth. Some people just mumble, "Oh that's good" or something similar because they don't really listen for a response.
Some people are like, "what do you mean?" And I'm like, do you want the truth? Do you REALLY want to know the answer to that question? Most people don't. But some, maybe out of sheer curiosity of the way I answered, say, yes!
My point is very simple. If I had one wish for the human race (other than world peace, but hey, this isn't a beauty pageant it's a blog)...it would be that people start LISTENING to each other. Not just HEARING. I HEAR a lot of things right now: the dogs shuffling around, the clock ticking on the wall (which makes me CRAZY, just sayin'), the click of the keys as I type this....but I'm not really LISTENING to anything. (Except the %$^# clock! Can we say OCD???)
I would wish that people would say what they mean, and mean what they say. It's really a very simple idea. If you don't mean something, DON'T SAY IT! And if you DO say something, you BETTER mean it. Otherwise, just keep you yap shut. Again, not rocket science.
Just my thoughts for the day.