O.K.

September 19, 2019

“Okay” is one of my favourite words. It comes from the Greek –– Olla Kalla –– which means all is good. It’s my default answer when anyone asks me how I am. That’s not to say that one can’t be okay + overwhelmed, underwhelmed, chewing on gristle or fighting sickness. It’s to say, that even with life’s challenges, we’re O.K. Okay is above that line none of us like to dip below. And Okay is knowing, that even when we dip, we’ll come back up. There’s a great scene in This is Us, where the lead character, Jack, sits down at a car dealership trying to convince the salesman to sell him a Wagoneeer for much less than it’s listed for in the showroom. “Here’s the thing Mel, I don’t want to buy one of those used cars out there. That Wagoneer, that’s my family’s car. I can see it so clearly. It’s sturdy. It’s tough….. But here’s the thing, Mel. I can’t afford that car. Which is why I need you to help me. As parents we talk a lot about what we want for our kids. I know I think about it a lot….and I can come up with a fancy word that’s going to make me sound a whole lot smarter than I actually am. But the one word I keep coming back to is, okay. I want my kids to be okay, Mel. I want my family to be okay….. I see my family okay in that car.” O.K. Is something we can rely on. O.K. has its feet on the ground even when they’re not. It’s not too lofty, nor too humble . O.K. is golden. It’s experience. It’s gratitude.

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