“It is what it is!” is a line on repeat around me, especially among millennial (in 20’s & 30’s) friends and family. It’s a useful phrase to meet unpalatable news, which we just have to accept and deal with, no point in wrestling with reality! Nicola announces top tier (tear) Lockdown Restrictions: we have to close shops, cafes, pubs, hotels, gyms and further limit our interactions with family, friends and colleagues. “It is what it is!” and we do our best to adapt.

 

But there’s a danger of denying the processing of important emotions when we call for a stoic ‘stiff upper lip’ response to trying situations and tell others and ourselves to ‘just get on with it!’. I had to process livid anger and grief when the Christmas Window for family interaction was reduced to one day, and if I was depressed by such news, I’m sure many others also found such ‘orders from on high’ difficult to swallow. Some of us find our health (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual) under threat. Yes, “It is what it is!” but that mustn’t stop us getting in touch with our feelings to talk them through with trusted family and friends. And, if in the ‘praying way’ to ‘chew the fat’ with God.

“It is what it is!” and we must take care of ourselves and one another. A friend posted this advice: Getting out of a FUNK: 1. Eat à Your brain needs 130 grams of carbs just to function. 2. Water à Dehydration impacts cognitive functioning. 1.5 – 2 litres minimum to maintain daily functioning. 3. Shower à Cold showers help depression; warm showers help anxiety. 4. Move à Exercise releases serotonin (mood stabilising neurotransmitter). 5. Breathe à Deep breathing brings new oxygen to the brain: helps boost energy, release tension, elevate mood, etc. Nothing is more important than you being here! Take steps to take care of yourself, YOU MATTER! National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255.

 

A lifesaver for me is getting out for a cycle, jog or walk. Often, I don’t feel like it, but apart from when I tumble from my bike or skite on my bahooky, I always feel the better for it.

“It is what it is!” Yes, but ‘it is’ not the only ‘is’, there are bigger ‘IS’s to give our situation context and perspective, such as the concerted efforts to be rid of this pandemic. And there is no bigger ‘IS’ than ‘God Loves You!’ This is the trump truth to pray, play and say every day, come-what-may! You may find it hard to believe, but I believe it with all my heart, that God loves ‘you’, and that experiencing, exploring and expressing God’s sacrificial love shown so personally and powerfully in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, is the biggest ‘IT’ to celebrate in the whole wide world and galaxy!

 

Lockdown or Not, Still: Arran Stands Tall, Swans Impress, Young & Old Dogs Meet, The Sun, and God’s Love, Shines on All. God’s Love is what it is! Do Not Give up Hope My Friends!

 

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”