Why ask R U OK? Today?

by Kate on September 15, 2011

Today is R U OK? Day. I’m writing this post because I gave my word to my friend, Iggy Pintado, that I would participate.

Now the day has arrived. However, the well thought out, carefully crafted post which I fully intended to write is not done. It’s a victim of my habit of having more on my list of “Want To’s” than I can actually do.

But I did give my word, and this is important. So today, I reorganised my priorities to make time to write this post.

So, what is R U OK? Day and why am I writing?

What’s it all about?

R U OK? Day is a national day of action which aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.(www.ruokday.com.au)

Why am I writing?

Like many people, I’ve had dark patches in my life. I’ve been blessed with friends whose listening has helped me  find my way though those times and discover how to enjoy the richness of a life that has ups and downs.  People I know have faced challenges of their own and I try to be a good listener.

But just as my busyness almost got in the way of writing this post, our busyness and self-interest can get in the way of meaningful conversations. We think: “There’s time, surely? That conversation can keep.”

We can get so caught up in the busyness of our lives that we neglect important things.  This day is a reminder of what a difference it can make when we say “Let’s sit. How are you going?” … And then listening. Properly.

I’m supporting R U OK? Day with my mind tuned in to business owners and leaders, many of whom feel especially isolated and stressed as a result of business challenges. For some, those challenges are acute at this time.

You can make a difference

The worst place to deal with stuff is in your head. But that’s where so many of us try to do it. It should’t – need not – be that way.

There’s no guarantee that any single conversation will change a life.  Some do.

Please ask R U OK? today.

How to get started

The R U OK? Web site has advice on how to start a conversation. Click here.

You can get more information about depression and mood disorders on the Black Dog Institute web site and also from Beyond Blue.

Thanks, Iggy, for prompting me to take action!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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