Yesterday was RUok Day. I know that we were supposed to ask our friends and colleagues if they were “OK”, to prevent suicide across Australia by showing that we care. Right. The blogging world imploded with posts about it, and I’m really glad that my blogging sisters picked it up and shook their tambourines about it, they needed to be shook.
But the thing is, even though I want to know if you are ok, I don’t have the time to deal with the answer should you say no. And that is the point of the day, is to get to the issue that no one has the time to deal with.
Quite often your own ‘stuff’ will not let you add anything to it. You see where I’m going here? How do we get past the mountain of busy-ness that is most people lives these days? It’s all well and good to say everyone can take a moment to stop and ask, but what if all you’ve got is a moment, it defeats the purpose doesn’t it.
So here’s what I think we need from a campaign like this. To make it year-long, pop up ads here and there everywhere that put it in your face – have you asked someone if they are ok today? And at some point in a busy timetable, someone with a spot of time will see it and react. Even if just one in ten people react and respond, it’s a win.
So that’s why I didn’t ask. I have enough on my plate to think about, and I didn’t want my asking the question to come across as just a false platitude, because I don’t have the time right now to invest into listening to your response. And yeah, that makes me sad.
I also don’t have the time to sit and tell you if I’m ok. But I am, I’m really really busy, but I’m ok. Today.