“How do you do it?”
That’s one of those complimentary questions we ask someone to show we are impressed with their performance. Sometimes we ask it in utter awe, legitimately amazed at their display of physical strength, mental aptitude and spiritual perseverance.
They are life skill jugglers, and we bow in respect at their ability to endure, thrive and get it all done.
Other times we ask the question with a hint of disdain. We’re not impressed with them, in fact, we’re kind of ticked!
Here, let me translate. On those occasions, the question “How do you do it?” can be translated in these ways:
*What’s wrong with you?
*You’re going to kill yourself
*Are you sure you should be doing all this?
*Knock it off, dude! You’re making us all look bad.
No one likes the guy who blows the curve, but you have to show them some respect. After all, they are apparently doing better than us. So, we continue to say it: “How do you do it?”
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