In one of the books that I recently read for my job, there is what I consider to be a great exchange.
"How are you?"
"I'm excellent -- if things were any better, it would be unfair to everybody else."
How I wish each and every one of us could say that today -- but unfortunately we can't. There is illness, death, forces of nature at work, there are people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods; there are countless details, big and small, that hold us back from giving an answer like this when we're asked the question "How are you?"
But, oh, how I wish we could respond in unison, "I'm excellent" -- and mean it!