It’s All Good: What That Really Means

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It’s All Good: What That Really Means

You’ve heard it before: “It’s all good.” What does that really mean?

Sometimes it feels evil. Source:

Sometimes it feels evil.

What about a personal tragedy? Injustice? Having something in your grasp and then >>POOF!<< it’s gone?

How is any of that all good?

It’s not. Not while you’re experiencing it. There is no one who can tell me that this story is “all good” to this mother.

But there is something there that is good. Describing something as “good,” means we think it’s beneficial, morally right, or approved of.

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness. – Mother Teresa

Here’s the thing about “good.” It’s relative. That’s the key to everything in your life. Your life is relative.

Your power lies in how you define things. Leaders and power players tell stories about themselves that redefine everything in their favor. Then, it’s all good.

Here’s an example. I’m a big picture thinker. I think years in advance. I’m what’s called a futurist, and so my clients get the benefit of my foresight in creating their stories. Periodically, that means small details escape me. It’s all good, though. If I understand my strength, I build into my life the systems that handle the small details. It means I can hire assistants and interns (great!) to take care of them. I can automate my business infrastructure. My weakness gives opportunities to other people.

Or… my weakness makes me a target for bad business.

Which story am I going to live? The one that’s all good.

Shanesha Taylor isn’t in a good place right now. Her children are under state supervision, all because she was trying to take a step forward in her life. The larger picture is this: her community has come together to support her, and the often neglected needs of single parents have been brought forward. Her plight now includes everyone.

So we look at not just what’s good– but what’s good for “all.”

“All” means “the whole, everyone, the greatest possible.”

So there’s the key– your situation may not be good. But there’s always something deeper happening. Usually, you’re being pushed further into your faith in humanity or your personal power. Practice seeing little inconveniences in this way, and it will get easier with the harder circumstances. 

Ask yourself: How can where you are push you to the greatest possibility?

Let me know what you think in the comments below.


2 Responses

  1. Beyourownanswer says:

    Mitch, you’ve got it. What is even better than recognizing Good is the commitment to search for it. What we sometimes fail to see is that the practice itself is the blessing. Having this as a tool helps us live day to day as the light, when everything else around us is dark. Feel free to share the article.

  2. Hey Nerissa,

    Thank you for this article! I use this phrase often, and I even have a little affirmation/reminder taped to my monitor that says, “It’s all good because it’s all God.” Despite how the situation looks, I see God in it. Even though people may think I am crazy , I seek God in it! Even though the appearance is “loud” and convincing, I still see God. Even though it does not feel good (because it is pushing all of the mess out of my subconscious), it is still God! God, God, God, and nothing else! It is a trying and tedious process, but it is a process that has sustained me, taught me and brought me this far. So no matter what, it’s all good! 🙂


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