admin on 10 Feb 2008 08:22 pm
Its a polite was of saying hello, its the decent thing to ask when you meet someone, somebody you met fairly recently, or could be after a long time. You might know the other person as a mere acquaintance or as a good friend.
However, over the last several months, I am having an increasingly difficult time coming up with an honest response. The idea, if possible, is to reply with a one or two word response describing as accurately as possible your current state, mentally and physically. Not that I read a survey, but I take the liberty of guessing and would think that an OK, or a “good” or a “not bad” would be 3 out of the top 5 responses.
The thing is that none of those come even close to an appropriate response for me these days and if I don’t want to always feel guilty of lying right after I have met someone, I really need to find a suitable reply.
What I really want to say is something like this: Physically I am doing well. I certainly was in a much better physical shape not that long ago, but lack of motivation and desire to prepare and consume optimal meals and participate in relevant exercises have contributed significantly to the deterioration. However, a “not bad” for that would not be too far from an appropriate response. The mental part is a whole different story. Mentally, I feel like I am in a perpetual recovery from a beating that my mind received the night before when it got jumped by a few thugs in a dark alley. So, probably I could respond with”crap”, but then that is not really what is an acceptable reply, and the person whose simple desire was to say a polite hello and move on to business (in whatever form) doesn’t deserve to have to deal with the details.
I just wish a “no comment” was a socially appropriate response.