If I had a dollar for every time I've said "that's life" I'd be rich.
It's almost like saying "that's the way the cookie crumbles." Life happens.
There are some things in life we can't control. For some of us that realization is insufferable. Feeling powerless over situations, things or people is difficult to swallow.
Of course, with some things its no big deal.
Like the ketchup bottle being sealed beyond reasonable expectation because someone might put a poison in your rich, red deliciousness. There was a day you just twisted the lid and poured it out. Nothing to it.
But not anymore.
Life has changed, people change.
When you first go to open the ketchup bottle you need a knife to pierce the wrapping at the end of the lid and you had better cut it well. But that's not all. After taking the flip top off you must first extricate the seal underneath that keeps the rich goodness from squeezing out. You'll need a knife for that also unless you have sharp fingernails and loads of patience -- or youth.
Youth is now lacking for me. And patience? Let's just say it's gone the way of youth.
I comfort myself in these aggravating little inconveniences with the words, "That's life."
Nothing I say or do can change this part of life. So when I say, "that's life," I'm reminding myself to "move on", "shake it off", "don't sweat the small stuff."
Get over it, Angela!
But, there are some uncontrollable things in life that aren't so easy to shake off or let go. They are as much a part of life as breathing. There's no real mystery as to why they happen and there's no way to control them; it's the ebb and flow of life as we know it here on planet earth.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 tells us:
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.
How do we deal with the different seasons of life? What do we do with the less desirable seasons?
I'm not an expert but through my many differing seasons I've learned many things the hard way. On this blog I'll be sharing some "hand me downs" from my experience. Take it or leave it.
My insights might not fit your world view, perception or your unique situation. So, if it doesn't fit, move on -- "that's life."
In the meantime, remember that all those annoying inconveniences are simply the built in occurrences of life. Don't let them get you down or ruin your day.
"That's life" so move on.