“How are you today?”
“Not too bad.”
“Just a bit off-colour.”
“A tad run down.”
“Slightly annoyed with the state of affairs at work.”
“A wee bit fed up.”
Often we don’t tell the whole story. Minimise the angst. Making it sound less important than it is. Make it seem somehow alright. Are we trying to convince others or ourselves? No one is convinced anyway.
Why is it not ok to not be ok?
On wrecking a car – it’s a bit scratched.
In the middle of a thunderstorm – it’s damp.
After a very expensive holiday – it was a bit pricey.
On a proposed surgery – I need to have an operation on a little tumour in my brain.
One very famous example of understatement occurred during a plane crash in 1982. After all four engines of British Airways Flight 9 failed due to volcanic ash, the captain of the flight made the following announcement: “Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress.”
What if we said it like it is?
The 16th of October – the day a part of me died. I am dreading it! It may be just an autumnal day like any other. Yet, it is not. It is the day the demons won, the day that has left a deep scar on my soul. The day that has slashed my life in two – “before” and “after”.
It is too much for one heart.