It’s OK to Be OK

Always the Fight Ministries: Displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse. (c)2019Nancy Virden

What does it mean to be ok? I think we tend to associate feeling and being okay with experiencing a sense of normalcy and satisfaction. On the flip side of today’s title, it’s okay to not be okay. This popular sentiment is wonderful. I’m glad to see it in the media on occasion.

Sure, if life is not-so-great right now, reach out and tell someone. To feel the rise and fall of moods is to be a human. To suffer in loss is too. Stress adds pressure to our minds,  and guess what? That’s normal as well. We need help now and then. It is actually fine to not feel fine. 

However, someone once told me, “It feels better to feel better.” We have more say in how we feel than perhaps most of us imagine. If it’s okay to be okay, and struggle is human, what does that mean in daily practice?

One lesson that still takes me by surprise is the idea that I can experience life’s stressors, feel emotional pain, and move on with faith that I am and will be okay.

Some real descriptions of ok

OK is not the absence of pain!
OK is more than surviving for the sake of survival.
OK does not deny tough circumstances and difficult emotions exist. Instead, OK sits with them and accepts life on life’s terms.

OK is believing “this too will pass.” After all, you have survived all the worst moments of your life!

Your ok-ness cannot be decided by someone else.
OK is accepting your high value regardless of any negative messages or past injury (even if they have come from yourself.)

OK is knowing God has a plan and trusting in that plan.
OK is trusting you can hurt, even hurt every day, and still have a joyful purpose!

Today’s Helpful Word

Philippians 4:6,7

Do not worry about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

NOTE: I am not a doctor or mental health professional, and speak only from personal experiences and observations. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
If you are feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. or go to your nearest emergency room. (for international emergency numbers, go here ). Hope and help are yours!


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