Do You Ever Tell People You’re Fine When You’re Not? You Don’t Need To.

“How are you doing?”
“Oh, I’m fine, how are you?”
“I’m good, thanks for asking.”

Such is a typical and regular conversation for all of us, a passing by of an acquaintance or friend in the coffee shop or at the grocery store. And sometimes it’s not the truth. As people, especially in a world that emphasizes individualism, we forget that we live in a community, that we are bound together to be supportive of each other. So it’s okay to say it’s not been a great day. Because we all, at some point, have been there – and as Louis Armstrong points out, friends shaking hands and asking how do you do are really saying: I love you.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.