How Are You Doing… Really?
Things are busy on campus, and with many of us wearing multiple hats at school (teaching, coaching, counseling, bus driving, etc.) and even more hats at home (sons, daughters, spouses, parents, and caretakers)— time is precious.
In spite of our stresses and responsibilities, when asked, “How are you doing?” we tend to respond, “Fine. You?” and carry on with life as quickly as possible.
But what if the question were posed differently? What if we began asking each other “How are you doing… really?” and paused to listen to some of the blessings each other have experienced recently as well as learn of some of each other’s concerns?
In our driven culture, we have to guard against sacrificing relationships for efficiency and productivity. Whether with colleagues or students, it’s important we take time to find out what’s going on in each other’s lives.
In Galatians 6:2, Paul says we fulfill the law of Christ when we “carry one another’s burdens.”
Today, if you catch yourself asking a colleague or student, “How are you doing?” add the word “really” to the end of your question. Then slow down and listen for 30 seconds.