It’s Monday, but that’s OK.
Although today is that unloved day of the week, Monday’s are here to take the heat. Mondays can mean that we have difficult moments and we might feel bummed out about them. Monday’s don’t let the negativity bother them, they’re just Mondays. They are what they are. We can be the same way by saying, “That’s life.” We are who we are and that’s OK.
We appreciate meeting people at the genuine level. When they drop their façades and charades, we know that they’re comfortable risking being themselves in our presence. This happens the other way around, too.
There’s a story that points to a political campaign as the alleged origin of OK. President Martin Van Buren was up for reelection. In that Van Buren’s hometown was Kinderhook, New York, his nickname was “Old Kinderhook”. This coincided with the then popular fashion to abbreviate sayings down to their initials. So, Van Buren’s campaign buttons sported the abbreviation, “O.K.” O.K. During the 1830s and 1840s popular phrases were misspelled in order to enhance their whimsy. In one case, “all correct” was humorously misspelled as “oll korrect”. If you take “oll korrect” and apply it to Van Buren’s campaign button, you get O.K. or the shortened version OK. Old Kinderhook did not win reelection, but his campaign slogan has lived on. At least that’s the version of OK’s origin I like best.
There are several other origin stories for OK. Another popular version is the Choctaw expression for “it is” happens to be “okeh”. President Andrew Jackson claimed that he learned it from the Native American tribe and introduced it to the public. The alternative spelling of “okay” is the alleged derivative.
Although other cultures lay claim to inventing OK, in the end, does it really matter? When we say or write “OK” the message comes through loud and clear.
At the end of the day, even if it’s a Monday, if someone is giving an honest try, is not hostile or harmful to others, I can handle it. Everyone is human with flaws, issues, problems. Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, spiritual belief system, if you’re basically a good person, you’re OK.
Have an OK Monday.