A life principle my daddy taught me…

It is what it is…

My father was probably the most bottom line guy I know. One of his most quotable lines was “The main thing is don’t get excited.” If anyone was ever tempted to stress about an issue he would interject that often repeated line.

Occasionally, I remember him adding another sentence into stressful moments. He would say, “It is what it is…”.

In other words, you can’t change it now. That’s a fact, Jack.

Admitting that “it is what it is” allows you to quit complaining and actually do something about it.

Do you need to admit:

Your marriage is in trouble…

You have a spending problem…

You’ve let your weight get out of control…

You’ve been a lousy friend…

Your relationship with God is struggling…

You are surrounding yourself with bad influencers…

You are in over your head…

(Insert yours here)

It is what it is…

Now that you’ve admitted IT

What are you going to do about it?

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6 thoughts on “A life principle my daddy taught me…

  1. Something which I can do in such a situation:

    — Immediately set the tone of “calmness" and reflect upon the same
    — Just keep gathering the facts by setting aside the condemnation
    — Seeking Godly counsel to explore options
    — Executing (whatever is possible)

  2. I live by this same principle. I work at a church and a college and I teach my students this principle. It doesn't do anything to dwell on something that you can't change. It's better to expend your energy on something you can change.
    Twitter: ericspeir

  3. It would be very easy for me to view my life from that vantage point. I could not even remember the number of times I have even said those words. I'm obviously confronted with certain limitations that could use God's "enabling grace". To answer your question brother Ron, my first and foremost act has to simply surrender the issues that I am confronted with by "Letting Go…Letting God", pray things through, and ask for the support of my family and friends through prayer and encouragement along the way. Last, but not least, I ask you to support me through prayer and encouragement as well. The blog post is simply amazing and eye-opening as well. God bless you and yours and thanks for sharing!