Dude, Things Are Not Okay


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I play the game. You play the game. We all play the game.

You know the one. It is the “I’m okay” game.

Someone asks you how you you are doing. Without thinking, you reply “I’m okay, good. Thank you.”

Even when things are not. We put on our masks and tell those we know a lie.

I have known a few people who would say they were okay but they really were not. They felt things were worse than they could admit.

A few years back, I ran into a former co-worker. I asked how he was doing. He said things were going well. Three weeks later, I learned he overdosed.

A young lady that attended our church put on the facade too. Things were good, she would say. We lost her to an overdose as well.

We need to stop playing the game. We need to start telling the truth. We need to let people in.

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
— Virginia Woolf

While you should not spew all the negative events, you do need to find people you can be honest with.

You need a Band of Brothers(or Sisters if you are a woman). You need 3-4 men that you can count on at any time.

Be willing to be open and honest about your struggles with these men. If you are hurting, let them know. If you have no idea of what to do, ask them. If you are struggling with an issue, disclose it to them.

Let me encourage you today to surround yourself with 3-4 friends that you can confide in. Form a band of brothers with a group you trust. Let them into your world that is blocked to everyone else.

If you take this step, your burdens will be lighter. The stress of the day will be easier to handle. The cloudy skies will brighten.

Take time today to think of 3-4 men you could have in your band of brothers. Give them a call and discuss the idea of joining together and forming a band of brothers.

You will not regret it.

“It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.”
— Rick Riordan

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