The other day I was listening to a radio talk show on financial issues. I don’t remember the name of the host (I think it was Dave Ramsey), anyhow I was struck by the way he answered his callers. Whenever someone called in and asked how he was doing, his answer was always, “better than I deserve.” Initially I thought, no way I can say that, I am happy he can say that but I can’t. Then I thought, wait a minute why can’t I say that? What is preventing me from saying it? I mulled over the question and realized that I was putting conditions on myself. I could not repeat the statement because in my mind I was not getting all I deserved. That led to another question, what do we deserve and how do we determine when we are not getting all we deserve? The truth is, saying “I am doing better than I deserve” is not about what I have or don’t have, it is about a way of thinking about life such that whenever I say it my inner eye is opened to the beauty all around me and the present moment becomes much more alive with potentials and possibilities. So now whenever someone asks how am I doing, guess what I answer?
What are your thoughts? What do answer when you are greeted with the question, “how are you doing?”