Hey, how are you feeling today?

How many times have you been asked this question? If you’re like most people when you encounter this quick, passing-by, hello to a colleague or friend, this is the default conversation we’re all familiar with:

“Hey! Good morning! How are you?”
“Hey! I’m good, how are you?”
“Not too bad, thanks!”
“That’s great…Well, have a good day!”
“Hey, thanks — you too!”

Heard that exchange before? Yeah, me too.

Of course, the dialogue may differ slightly depending on who you’re talking to but the overall theme is the same. It’s a quick exchange of information that really doesn’t hold much substance but, we do it to acknowledge each other’s presence.

On the other hand of this “auto-pilot” type of interaction are the subtle gestures that can make or break this quick exchange. You can understand that this is 5 seconds of your life and showing the other person total sincerity with a smile can literally change their day. This is a part of the orchestrated dance I mentioned a few months ago. A smile, when directed to the right person at the right time, can change the world.

I don’t have a specific reason for writing about the power of smiles. It’s something that just pops up once in a while.

I wanted to talk about self-inventory today. It’s something that has been on my mind a lot lately.

Recently, I started daily check-ins. What I mean by that is, at least once per day, I take 5-10 minutes to sit alone and check-in:

While I am sitting with myself, I demand honesty and I ask these questions:

  • How do you feel physically?
  • How do you feel mentally?
  • How do you feel emotionally?
  • How do you feel spiritually?

*Photo by John Te* Click image to view his Instagram page

If there are answers to these questions that require attention, I quickly take note of it and move on. My goal is to pinpoint the kinks in the connection if there are any. If there are, take some time and observe each disruption of your natural flow. Ask yourself questions about it:

  • How much of this is self-created?
  • How important is it?
  • Is there anything you can do now to ease the problem?

Ask yourself these questions. If you are having issues with this, don’t beat yourself up. This is a process — it takes time to find what works for you and to learn methods in observing your thoughts without judgement.

Be patient and trust yourself.

As always, thanks for reading. 

Much Love, my friends.