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It Is (Part Two)

by Joe Vitale on August 18, 2015

What would be better than thinking or saying “It is what it is”?

As I wrote in my April 9th post, the above line is victim thinking.

It leaves little room for hope, change or action.

People say it to shrug and give in to what they think is unchangeable reality.

What would be better?

It occurred to me like a flash of inspiration that this line would be more accurate and empowering: “It is what you accept.”

You can do it!

You can do it!

In other words, reality is what you accept.

“It is what you accept.”

Someone asked me about the phrase, “It is what I decide.”

“Decide” could work, except it’s not entirely true.

I had two friends die within a week, one totally unexpected.

If I could “decide,” I would decide to have them live.

I can’t do that.

But I can accept their passing.

“It is what I accept.”

By accepting what I can’t change, I still live in agreed upon reality while acknowledging my power in the acceptance.

It’s a bit like the famous advice known as The Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

While most people associate the famous prayer with AA, it actually came out of a struggle in politics against evil.

According to Susan Cheever, “…it may come as a surprise to learn that the prayer was originally conceived not as an antidote to addiction but in response to the barbaric evil of Nazi Germany that threatened civilization itself during World War II. Written during the darkest depths of the war by the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, a first-generation German-American, the prayer captured the dreadful ethical predicament faced by Niehbur and his fellow German anti-Nazi émigrés in the United States, who were safe from persecution but powerless to intervene against Hitler.”

The “wisdom to know the difference” is the key.

Too many of us give in without checking in.

We don’t use our wisdom.

Many better advice is from a Mother Goose rhyme from 1695:

For every ailment under the sun
There is a remedy, or there is none;
If there be one, try to find it;
If there be none, never mind it.

At least with this new slogan, you can sense that you have choice.

With Lori Anderson, celebrating my new book and new albums. Note my T-shirt.

With "Divorce with Grace" author Lori Anderson, celebrating my new "Secret Prayer" book and new albums. Note my T-shirt.

If you are backed into a corner, you can choose to see options or you can choose to surrender.

Either way, you get to choose what you accept.

Notice that the new line gives you more power.

You may or may not use it of course.

Creating your own reality is all about choice and awareness.

I am sure you will make the right decision to be the most empowered.

Whether you use it or not will depend on what you accept.

But notice that it’s entirely up to you.

“It is what you accept.”

Ao Akua,


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