When things are going well it can be easy to overlook the blessings in our life. Some days it is an effort for me to not complain about or dread even the simplest task, when in reality it is actually a privilege.
Sadly, there are some people who are no longer physically or mentally able to do certain things who would love nothing more than to have the opportunity to be able to “get to” do them just one more time.
My very favorite lesson from God Never Blinks is one I am trying to practice every day and it is really very easy ~ saying two simple words: “Get to” ~ an unassuming yet meaningful reminder to be grateful for everything.
For example, instead of saying, “I have to clean the bathrooms this morning.” I now (okay, don’t laugh) actually smile and say, “I “get to” clean the bathrooms this morning.” Instead of scowling and saying “I have to go to a boring, waste of time, all day county wide teacher’s meeting.” I now “try” to smile and say, “I “get to” go to a boring, waste of time, all day county wide teacher’s meeting.” (I know, pretty crazy huh?)
Some days, I admit, this can be a challenge!! Especially when it involves something that I really don’t enjoy or something or someone I just don’t want to have to deal with that day.
This post features my concern about my upcoming retirement and I received some wonderful advice and reassurance from so many wise women. (Thank you all so much!!) Anne Merhling blogger at Merhling Muse – Life in the Mountains gave me some advice that is perfect to share in this post: “When the word “worry” runs through your head, shoot it down. God has promised to be with you forever, and He can see every minute of your future. Substitute “possibility” for “worry”. You are going to have possibilities of making new friends and doing new things from your present home.” I so appreciate the wisdom in these words ~ don’t you?
I have been practicing substituting “get to” for “have to” as well as “possibility” for “worry” and I have to admit, these paradigm shifts are working! These simple words are really helping me change my perspective, attitude, and level of appreciation of all things in my life. “Getting to” do something rather than “having to” is not only an honor and a privilege but a remarkable gift from God isn’t it?