Question: How are you? Answer: “Great, everything is going well, keeping busy, thanks! How are you?”
I have great relationships in my personal life. I love what I do, where I work and who I work with. I have what I need and am motivated to do well in all things. You will most always find me laughing and smiling (especially at my own jokes!).
So why do I quietly hestitate to the question “How are you”? Because like many other faculty and staff, I identified in Dalhousie’s recent Quality of Work Life Survey as grappling with Pain. And sometimes, I have my moments. And I’m conscious not to let them show.
This is my first blog of a series – and I am feeling brave about putting myself ‘out there’. My plan is to share information/resources on what works, what doesn’t (in my own voice) as I deal with a life complicated by Pain. But this is in no way meant to serve or take the place of professional or medical advice. Besides, Pain is a very individual experience.
With that being said, I’ll leave you with this article as a good read to get us started.
Oh, and a PS – don’t stop asking the “How are you”. I’m still me.