(FIND IT! BE IT! KEEP IT!)
No matter your race, creed, religion or sex, I believe there are only two types of people in this world. How is that for an over generalization of the world’s 7 billion population? I agree that this may be a simplistic view, however, this view does have its merits. Hear me out.
There is a phrase that has been prevalent over the past 10 years. A phrase that seems to be common place when life gets “hard”. A phrase that absolves one from further effort, justifies victimhood, and prevents you from KEEPing IT!.
The phrase: it is what it is
This phrase irks me to my core! Even writing it gets my blood boiling. Arrrrrggggghhhh! Deep breaths, deep breaths…ok, I am better now.
In any given circumstance, I believe the phrase “it is what it is” to be 50% accurate. I believe that 50% of life “happens” to us. Things not in our control, external forces, change our landscape in a blink of an eye – a car accident, a sudden death, a break-up, a new boss, a basement flood.
I also believe that we can make life happen for us. We control the 50% of life that occurs after we’ve been hit with something unexpectedly. We get to choose how we respond to what life throws at us.
When it comes to the phrase “it is what it is”, I believe there are two types of people in this world (1) The Accepters and (2) The Yes And-ers
The Accepters – those who believe their present and future has been confirmed and defined as a result of an external circumstance. They shrug their shoulders and say, “It is what it is”. Discussion over. No other options. Done! They let go of their IT!.
The Yes And-ers – those who make things happen. They understand that the external circumstance only impacts the present situation, the first 50%. And they understand they now control the future, the other 50%, with choices. They choose to KEEP IT!
Life is unpredictable. It challenges us and it rewards us. We change along the way. It’s not always easy to KEEP our IT! It’s not supposed to be easy…it is life.
When life throws you a curve ball (and it will), choose to be a Yes-And-er. Choose to KEEP your IT!
Share this message with all the “accepters” in your circle and let them know that there is still 50% of their life they own!
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Illustrations by Sam Hubbard