This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Sit back. Relax. Make yourself at home. That means sitting in dog hair and listening to Deputy Digby howl. I need to have a talk with you. After I finish my breakfast at noon.
For most of my life, I’ve heard the persons ask each other, “how are you?” And I’ve always just heard persons answer with “Good. How about you?” But it seems to me that no one ever really answers the question at all. It’s like they’ve been programmed to say the same thing over and over.
But lately, I’ve heard some new answers. I’ve heard people tell each other that they are as good as anyone else. I’ve heard them say they are well so far. I’ve heard them say nothing at all in response. And I thought about it. What if everyone just took a day to say how they were really feeling? What would happen? What can happen?
So let me ask you, since you are sitting down. How. Are. You. Really. I want to know. We are family.
Maybe one minute you are worried. The next scared. The next minute, maybe you feel strong. Yes. You can sit here awhile until we run thru all those emotions. I’m here. Like I know you are there for me.
Since every psychologist charges by the hour, I do have to explain those fees up front. But I can promise it will be well worth it. Because we all want to be heard.
And once we give voice and acknowledgement to those feelings we are all having, we can figure out a way to not ignore them, but at the same time, not affect every minute of our lives.
Just like we have to clean our homes, we have to clean our minds with the good things. The positive things. Wash away the negative.
And even though I can’t guarantee when this Virus Monster will leave us all, I can guarantee that compassion and kindness should stay far longer. So ask someone how they are today. How they really are today. And be prepared to listen.
–Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle