It is what it is

I’ve heard this phrase used plenty of times recently in talking with others. It’s usually preceded by “Oh well”. For me, it translates to the idea that things are not going to change and I can’t do anything about it anyway. Or maybe it’s, I don’t want to do anything about it or I don’t know how. What if the founding fathers of our United States used this kind of thinking? I doubt the whole thing would have gotten off the ground. There are plenty more examples that would illustrate this. Gandhi, Dr. King,  John Lennon, George Orwell and, more recently, Malala Yousafazi are a few names off the top of my head. One could easily compile their own list of free thinkers and reformists that have influenced their lives and given them hope for a better tomorrow.

There are people out there today who take steps every day to foster change even when they know the deck is stacked and the powers that be often deal from the bottom. Pick your favorite charity or one whose work you admire and imagine all the people, animals, or whatever that has been affected by staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly for something in which they believe. As we head into the holiday season, it’s good to see people adopt a mindset more focused on giving. Then again, how many of us pass by the hanging, red bucket of the Salvation Army as we head into the stores to buy gifts for our loved ones or a turkey for the upcoming Thanksgiving feast?

This idea of gratitude and altruism can be taken into the rest of the year. Sure, we don’t have the time, the money or even to want to help sometimes. We have to take care of ourselves and our families first.  This being said, I know that if each of us look deep down into our hearts and our schedule books, we can find openings in each. When it is giving a hand up, charity works. There are so many forces – advertisements, peer pressure, one-up-man ship or  having to have the newest and best gadget – keep us blind to those who are in need. The key is to rise above it all and make the necessary changes, no matter how big or small. Everyone has within them a superhero. One little thing done out of genuine love and caring can augment someone’s world. It might seem small at the time, but you never know the ripple effect it could cause. You won’t be standing on the shore when it gets there, nevertheless you will be remembered.

None of this is new or anything that hasn’t been said before. What you do with it is entirely up to you. I hope the best for you and yours this holiday season. Be safe. Don’t drive and turkey. You wouldn’t want to fall asleep at the wheel. Actually, it’s not the turkey.

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