Friends Rx

May 28th, 2010

Most of the time we say, “How are you?”, “How was your day?”, “Have a great day!”. But what if we asked:

* Are you hurting?

* Do you ever feel lonely?

* What is your greatest disappointment?

* What makes you happy besides work?

* Have I let you down?

* What’s missing from your life?

* Do you feel you can call on me for anything? If not, what do you feel you can call on me for?

* Are you carrying a secret you need to share? Would you trust me with it?

* What is your biggest, most hidden dream?

5 Responses to “Friends Rx”

  1. Katie says:

    These are all questions I want to ask my son. So touching. I’ll print it and try it every once in awhile. Maybe he’ll respond.
    I would answer any of these questions from my Mom, which makes me think we are much closer than I thought.

  2. Not hurting. I get lonely. My greatest disappointment is that I wasted EIGHT years of my life in a small town in Oklahoma, letting go of everything I wanted so I could support my husband’s career. My 20s were all about me learning to choose for myself. Art makes me really happy, and the support I get from my closest friends. My pets bring me a lot of joy. I have a hard time calling on anyone for anything. I keep my secrets and share them with no one. Sometimes I think my secrets are the only thing that fully belong to me. I don’t have a big dream.

  3. ….most people don’t even want to think about those things……and feel threatened even being asked…….us creatives find it hard to understand……sighhhh…….

  4. jpm says:

    LOVE this!….My dad always asks “How’s the weather?” and “What’s the price of gas?” too. My mom is a lot better at getting to the bottom of things.

  5. Kate O'Connell says:

    I love these questions ! Most of the time we just ask “how are you” in passing & don’t even wait for a response or look the other person in the eye….these questions are meaningful & beg an answer.

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