Sunday, September 26, 2021

Everything Will Be OK - A Personal Diary Entry

 

Everything Will Be OK

One of my favorite personal affirmations to pass along to friends and family in their hour of need is, "everything will be OK."

Let's Review the Phrase "Everything Will Be OK" or Just "OK"

The word "OK" can be magnificently soothing. If you haven't tested out that theory with text messages, give it a try.

Not long ago, I discovered that receiving the "OK" response to a text I've sent to family or friends, especially a lengthier text, is absolutely calming and instantly soothing. How about you?

Why the Words OK are Soothing

Here's my conclusion about this: We live in a world of constant information, turmoil, debates, disagreements, and multiple stresses - and when someone responds back to us with the simple words "OK," we're lifted away from the edge for that moment.

When my kids respond to my texts or verbal requests with "OK," I'm immediately disarmed and relieved. I am keenly aware of being "yessed," so I'm not speaking about that baloney. A sincere "OK," acknowledging that you've been heard, and there's actual consensus, is what I'm referencing - wow! Isn't that nice?

I Like to Hand Out OKs

Whenever possible, I respond with "OK" or the more detailed version, "everything will be OK." Since discovering what these responses do for me, I seek out as many honest moments as possible to say "OK" to others. It's such a gift.

I'll respond with OK to the most mundane things whenever I get the chance. Try it. Here's an example, "mom, I'll be late for dinner" - my response 'OK.' Just a simple 'OK' is what I'll use whenever possible. Here's another boring example, "hun, I'll be home shortly, can you be in the driveway to help me unload the groceries?" my hubby's response, "OK." I can't express how much I appreciate that short, agreeable text!

Our lives are filled with so much emotion that often, telephone conversations go off into unrelated tangents. A simple response and truthful acknowledgment of "OK" via text is the next best thing to therapy, in my personal opinion! Just kidding about the therapy part, but it does help! That's how much I appreciate it and love to hand out an OK as much as receive one.

Currently, my friend is going through a traumatic life event, and I've said "everything will be ok" to her multiple times. She needed to hear the sheer possibility of it all -  I could honestly say this phrase because it is legitimately what I believe. 

Is the Self-Fulfiling Prophecy at Work?

There's no doubt; what we believe is our truth. As that quote goes, whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.

Since my truth is that everything will be OK, I'm sure I'm subconsciously taking steps to ensure it happens. Whether the issue is something involving life and death, or personal strife, I absolutely believe that in the end, "everything will be OK." 

At the moment, I have mountains going on in my life. My mom is dangerously unwell, another friend's husband almost died in a vehicle accident, and I have other personal issues I'm sorting through. However, I still believe everything will be OK.

Will I cry? Is it stressful? Am I overwhelmed at times? Yes, to all. 

BUT in my soul, there's an untouchable place, a place that only belongs to me and my higher power. For respite, I retreat there. I know to my core that everything will be OK. This truth shapes my life.

I'm not sure where all this hope inside of me comes from, but it lives - it's a real thing.

Here's a poem I penned decades ago about holding onto inner peace, that place that belongs only to you and your higher power, no matter the storms.

Take Me To Your Beautiful
50 Years of Poems By Barbara Tremblay Cipak Available on Amazon



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12 comments:

  1. Beautifully said, Barbara, both your poem and your OK words. You have such a wonderful way with words, whether defining an emotion or giving hope to others. Thank you for helping us believe that 'everything will be OK".

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  2. Barbara dear, I admire more than I can express your daily-renewed commitment to living your best life, using your gifts, being grateful for your blessings, and accepting things you can’t change, including heartbreaking losses, with courage. You always accept responsibility for processing those powerful emotions and channeling them in positive, productive ways. Thank you for shining your light in the darkness, my friend, and for inspiring and teaching the rest of us how to handle adversity and grief with grace.

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    1. Margaret - so eloquent <3 thank you - you're an inspiration

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  3. What a beautiful, from the heart reflections upon life and the power of "OK". I am now reflecting and taking comfort from how "everything will be OK". I love your poem and how you tackle difficult things in life. Thank you for your inspiration and beautiful words.<3

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  4. Barbara, going through a lot of computer issues lately and my other half says, don't worry it will be okay, just let me do my thing. It will be OK! Well it took a little while and somethings needed to be helped along buy he and you were absolutely right, everything now is OK! Very Calming indeed!

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    1. lol, support like this during our techy issues is vital - I know telling me it will be OK would help too!

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  5. Barbara, your thoughtful words of encouragement are often exactly what is needed. It is funny how two simple letters can relieve stress in an instant or let us know that our thoughts or needs have been heard.

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    1. Well put; just two letters, one word, does a lot to heal.

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