I was on the phone with a client yesterday, and when she asked me how I was, I answered, “Great…really great.”
“Wow,” she replied, “That sounded really real. At least the second ‘great’ sounded like you really meant it.”
“I did,” I answered. “I think I responded with an automatic ‘great’ when you first asked, and then I think I realized I really was great, and responded again.”
I think we respond automatically often. At least I do. I have trained myself over the years to respond with “great” or “wonderful.” I had clients who used to tease me because I was always “wonderful.” I believed – and believe – that by saying I was “great” or “wonderful” or even “spectacular” I would help myself remember to be all those things.
I still think that’s true. I still am confident that if I “act as if” and “say as if,” it will help me “be as if.” ☺
But now I’m also working to really think through my answer – not just to automatically reply but to own my answer and believe my answer. And to be honest with my answer, so that if I’m in a moment where I’m not “great” or “wonderful” or even “spectacular” I can be real and true to where and who I am.
Because don’t we all want to be more real? And to be able to be more real with the people we’re with? Maybe if I’m real I can give permission to those around me to be real. And maybe if I think about my “great” I can really be great.
How are you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts, and please share this post with others if it resonates with you!
Feeling great or otherwise reflects our current condition. It is such a blessing to be able to go from feeling sad about something or someone, and immediately see a positive purpose or solution within that same sadness.
Life is a journey centered on our growing abilities to be great, great enough to affect the love which resides within the greatness you express.
I, for one, believe it is the highest form of consciousness. To dwell where your relationships flourish with love, life and infectious positivity.
I, for one, believe in love as well. And infectious positivity. 🙂