Change This One Word; Change Your Perspective



How can one word change everything you may ask? Choosing our words, and what we speak out into the world can indeed make a huge difference.


Do you say "I have to" a lot? I have to do the housework. I have to go grocery shopping. I have to do the laundry. I have to get a job. I have to lose weight. I have to get to the gym.


"Having to" implies not having a choice, and seems daunting. What if you changed the word "have" to "get"? Try it; see how it feels.


I get to do the housework. Does it feel like a blessing instead of a chore? Do you feel some sense of gratitude for being able to move, stretch, and clean? Is there a sense of thankfulness for being able to have all the cleaning supplies you need and actually having a place you call home that you get to clean?


I get to go grocery shopping. Does if feel like less of a chore when you get to go shopping as opposed to have to go shopping? Do you have a new found appreciation for the fact you have the means to be able to choose which well-stocked grocery store in which to shop? Does it take on a new feeling knowing that you get to choose how much you spend and get to choose from a plethora of fruits, vegetables, meats, and other goods?