Whats your favorite montra or saying?

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Emergency, Trauma.
I also must ask: am I misunderstanding "It is what it is"' date=' or does it pretty much mean "Tough crap, nothin' you can do about it"? Right now I abhor that favorite expression of simpleton wisdom, but I'm wondering if people don't mean to convey the meaning that it imparts.[/quote']

To me "it is what it is" means the reality of the situation. It reminds me or someone I use this quote to is: "you ONLY can control YOU." To me, it's a test of emotional maturity, IMHO.

One of the things I've learned in life is when things are beyond one's control, you can't look at it always as "fix it"...one of the things is "what can you do in the here and now???"

Not everything in life is meant to be "fixed"; sometimes "it is what it is", ;) and in the "here and now" what can be maximized...or can be just "what it IS", and how does one respond to "it"??? It will certainly be the person's choice. :yes:

Specializes in LAD.
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"

Lol yes or throw them in your sweet tea;)


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Specializes in ER.

fight fires as they come and roll with the punches...

@ work - for me the key to maximum tolerance : brush it off, shrug it off, and let it slide ( repeat in my head 2x)

now that's my chant ... :yes:


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Specializes in Psychiatric nursing.

"What a long, strange trip its been"


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They have to pull the pencil, out of my cold dead hand.

I won't quit


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If they can do it, so can I


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C = RN


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Specializes in L&D, infusion, urology.

Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now.

You can only change yourself by challenging yourself.


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