We are always seeking the next moment, when the present moment is all we have. We spend a lot of time on “what happened?” And “what next?” But no so much on “what is happening?” 

Of course we need to assess what happened and where it might be going, but all we can actually affect is this moment, moment to moment. In that context “It is what it is” becomes an important recognition, not a resignation — Not “it is what it is and we can’t do anything about it,” but “it is what it is and we we must work with what it is, not what it used to be or what we wish it would be.”

We always want to be doing something else, somewhere else. We worship at the altar of “anything but this.” But this is what we have, this is all there is. It is what it is, but look at all that it is!

In this context, “It is what it is” becomes more than an annoying shrug.

Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, Dejah and Summer, and Blackberry, an insistent cat. Author of It's Going to Be All Right, Echoes of Freedom Past, Full, Refuse to be Afraid, Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, Myke Phoenix: The Complete Novelettes, A Bridge at Crossroads, The Imaginary Bomb, A Scream of Consciousness, and The Imaginary Revolution.

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