How are you...really?

URI Europe Proverb June 2016     

How are you...really?


"Hello, how are you? Are you fine? - Yes, and you? - Yes, yes, I am fine too."

And...until the next greeting.


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For the attentive spectator...

... this small talk is more than just words. That handshake and that kiss are the expression of the desire to preserve the quality of our social and family life. But at the same time we can perceive something in the look of the other person. The words "I am fine" can hide a lot. It can be a story of loneliness, pain, suffering or loss. The glance of the other person can reveal something in the blink of an eye.

"We have to meet when we have more time".

This is exactly what one needs of you. Time. A listening ear. The healing power of a meeting is great when we are prepared to make time and listen. We possess not only the power to make a connection. We have also the possibility to give each other real hope. 

Every question is one of love. 

No person is a solitary being. People want to be loved. In essence that is what it is all about. A person in need wants to be supported. Wants to be comforted and does not want to be alone, all be it for a moment.

We need each other in order to know who we are and to give meaning to our life. To be heard gives us the support we need in order to reconnect with oneself and one's environment. When taking care of each other we touch, comfort and fulfil much more than we possibly think. 

URI Europe wants to continue its efforts to give time and attention to listening to the real story because remember: “With your ears you see more”

The words "I am fine" can hide a lot. It can be a story of loss, loneliness, pain or suffering.



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