Change One Word
Sometimes if you change one word, it makes all the difference in the world. I can’t take credit for this, I overheard a conversation in my yoga class. One woman was complaining she had to go home and make dinner for her family. Another woman said “you get to go home and make dinner for your family. There are people with no family who would love to go home and cook for them. And you have food to cook, some people don’t know where their next meal is coming from”
The next morning when my alarm went off, my first thought was “I have to wake up”. I changed one word and said “I get to wake up”. How many people didn’t wake up that morning? I was lucky and got a shot at another day. It made it easier to get out of my warm bed. I’m grateful I woke up. I have to go to work changes into I get to go to work. I bet may unemployed people would love to go to work. I’m grateful I have a job. I have to change my child’s dirty diaper becomes I get to change a dirty diaper. How many people would love to have children but can’t? Can you see the difference when you change one word?
This little thing is a game changer for me. It always brings me back to gratitude. I get to go grocery shopping (I have money for food and access to stores), clean my house (I have a roof over my head) and pump gas for my car (I have transportation). I get to do laundry (I have a washer and dryer in my house), pay taxes (to live in the USA) and do school work (I have access to a great education). Do you see what I mean?
Can you change one word to change your attitude? What do you “get” to do? What are you grateful for this week?
Yours in Gratitude,