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?


I get to do the laundry. Yes, it can be a tedious job, but how awesome it is that you own a washer and dryer, or have access to a laundromat nearby. If you're washing clothes for little ones, appreciate this time as they won't be around for ever. Appreciate the fact that you have the means to have clean, fresh smelling clothes.


I get to find a job. You are now able to seek out work that you enjoy, that is in line with your passion and purpose. You get to find a job that uses your skills, strengths and expertise. You get to find work that is meaningful and rewarding. You get to decide where you work and what you do. You get to be paid for your contribution.


I get to lose weight. It is after all a choice. You get to choose healthy foods. You get to ensure that your body is hydrated by drinking plenty of water, which aids the weight loss. You are in control. You get to decide to lose the weight.


I get to go to the gym. You are earning enough money to pay for a gym membership; be grateful. You have a clean well equipped place to visit, that has everything you need to get your body into it's optimal best shape.


Do you say "I'm stuck at home" during this epidemic? What if you changed the sentence to "I am safe at home"; how would that feel in comparison?


Once you are aware of your word choices, I know that you will choose your words (and thoughts) more carefully.

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