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It’s All Good March 12, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Yesterday, a writer took me to task for using the phrase It’s All Good.

He challenged my use of the statement, citing the Holocaust, the Ku Klux Klan, and animal abuse, as evidence to the contrary.

He expressed concern that people who attempt to encompass reality in simplistic truisms (such as It’s All Good and Don’t Worry, Be Happy), are not looking clearly at the whole picture ~ they are ignoring reality by glossing over its ugliness.

His post inspired me to offer this explanation of what It’s All Good means to me.

Some people recite the Serenity Prayer when reality intrudes too deeply, robbing them of peace of mind:

God grant me the Serenity
To accept the things I cannot change
To change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.

When I say, It’s All Good, it serves the same purpose.

Despite its simplicity, this three word phrase reminds me:  to look within * to remain in the present moment * to focus on the blessings in my life * to view others with kindness and compassion (even if they have been harsh with me) * to reclaim my serenity and peace of mind * to accept that not everything is under my control * to recognize that sometimes I don’t get a vote * to let go of anger, hurt, jealousy, and fear at the earliest opportunity * to not get caught up in wild imaginings about the future * to accept the what is * to recognize that most clouds reveal their silver linings eventually * to use my limited time and energy wisely * to let go of attachments and expectations * to strive to be happy.

Sure, there is ugliness in the world, but the whole of life is good.

In any forest, at least a few trees are diseased and dying ~ that is the nature of impermanence, evidence of the constant change inherent in life.

If we focus our attention exclusively on those trees, we miss the grand tapestry of the forest as a whole and our happiness is diminished in the process.

When I say It’s All Good, I am not oblivious to the diseased and dying trees, but I do not let them blind me to the wonder of the forest.  I remind myself not to miss the miracle of this moment . . . right here, right now.

Letting go of attachments and expectations, to embrace the good of it all, allows our spirits to evolve, change and grow, from tiny ripples of peace and acceptance, to tidal waves of love and compassion.

So, for now at least, I’ll keep my mantra:  It’s All Good. 

No rules.  Just write!


1. Richard W Scott - March 12, 2010

I believe it was George Burns who said, “I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be anywhere. Any day above ground is good.”

2. nrhatch - March 12, 2010

Just so.

3. Graydon Archer - March 12, 2010

I’m so glad that you are sticking with “It’s all good”.
Of course there is evil in this world. And it goes without saying that
people will die unjustly. In every form of life on this planet, there is turmoil, pain, death, and struggles.
However, I agree that one can not focus ones energy on them. I, as with you, am not blind. Nor do I bury my head in the sand or wear rose colored glasses. But I do believe that as a whole, we are ment to be happy and to see the beauty of nature.
Yes. There will all ways be trees that are dead or dying. But they do so for the betterment of the forest as a whole.

As I’ve stated elcewhere, I believe that there IS an all powerful, life giving force, and that I’m not it. I can view this world as a loss of humanity, or I can view this world as everything is how it should be.
I for one will also continue to see that “it’s all good.”

4. nrhatch - March 12, 2010

I love the line in Desiderata: “And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.”

In my life, events initially viewed as “bad” ultimately became some of my greatest blessings. Likewise, over time, things labeled as “good” no longer seemed quite so beneficial.

I expect that we do not have sufficient perspective to correctly judge and label the events in our life as either good or bad.

Instead, we just need a way to remind ourselves to stay in the moment and patiently let life unfold.


5. eof737 - March 20, 2011

Well said Nancy,
I don’t know how I missed this post!!!! The writer took this popular phrase to its literal extreme. Sure, there are challenges and horrors in our world. Sure there are all forms of abuse and oppression in the world. We are fully aware of them… But, like you, when I use the phrase, it’s an affirmation of all the good people, ideas, and things that continue to hold our world together… It’s All Good! 🙂

nrhatch - March 20, 2011

Thanks, Eliz.

I wrote this last March . . . that might be why you haven’t seen it before.

I may have to polish it up and repost. 🙂

6. Allan G. Smorra - November 6, 2012

I have found that it is easier to let go if you’re not holding on. Thanks for this post.

nrhatch - November 6, 2012

Yes! Exactly! When we are too attached to a specific outcome, our expectations diminish our happiness when things don’t work out as planned. And life is what happens when we are busy making plans.

Embrace all with joy . . . anything can be a gift of gold in disguise.

7. Barbara - July 11, 2013

Have you seen the film ‘Life is Beautiful’ ( La vita è bella) It encompasses all you have said here. If you haven’t seen it, don’t read a synopsis, just get it and watch it and let me know what you think xx

nrhatch - July 11, 2013

I have seen it. Fantastic movie . . . but I would have re-written the ending. Guido would have been rewarded by surviving the war and walking out of the camp with Dora and Roberto.

Sadly, no one consulted me about tacking a happier ending onto the film. 😉

Barbara - July 12, 2013

Yeah… But then we wouldn’t have been watching the last half an hour of the film with tears pouring down our faces…. The point was, that right until the very very end, he made everything a game. Sometimes life is really really awful, but we don’t have to be!

nrhatch - July 12, 2013

Exactly. But . . . I don’t like crying. Or sad endings. There’s enough of that in reality. I like to watch movies where right prevails, the bad guys get their due, and everyone else lives happily every after. 😀

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