How are you?
Are you feeling OK?
I’m not expecting to hear that you are fine
That you’re managing well
It’s OK if today you don’t feel well
How often do we ask how are you
Expecting the same answer?
What should we do if the answer is not OK?
How can I help you we may say
Would you like to grab a coffee and talk?
I won’t give you advice
I won’t tell you to be thankful for all you have
I’ll simply listen and let you empty your cup
This is not always easy for me
The need to give advice is always there
But advice is not needed in these instances
Just acknowledging the hurt will do
Just letting someone know you care
And that they are not alone in their pain
I know this because I’ve been there
I’ve been the person who was not OK
And when my friends simply listened to me
They lifted my spirit and helped me persevere
Some problems can’t be fixed right away
The road to healing may be long
And what’s most important is to know
You have friends that you can count on
January 26th, 2021