I get to…

Some days I need a re-set. Most of the time I’m on the up side of life, and I feel it. I have a smile, and a spring in my step. I see the positive, I hear the music.

But sometimes…just sometimes…I can’t remember. I can’t remember why I live this crazy life, bouncing around for work, and traveling, living a few days here and a few days there. How did I come to choose this way of living? Sometimes I lose sight of the water, so blue beneath the wings of the float plane. I don’t see the sunshine, making the waves sparkle. I don’t feel the romance of going to a small island and working in a beautiful little clinic, knowing that we, Rob and I, are living an amazing adventure. Sometimes my world is about have to.

When I have to, nothing feels right. I’m lost in frustration. Whatever I have, I don’t want. And I only want what I used to have, or hope to have, or should have. You know that game, don’t you? Of course; what human doesn’t? It’s part of the human condition, to feel all the negatives piling up, even when I can take those very same circumstances on a different day, a better day, and see everything that’s perfect.

I can’t always change it at will…I wish it was that easy! But here’s a little trick I’ve learned to use. Instead of saying “I have to…” I say “I get to…” I get to travel. I get to have a job. I get to make dinner. I get to, I get to, I get to….

When I find myself in the hole of wishing, and wondering why, I start listening to my words. I re-frame, and look for ways to say, “I get to.”

Unbelievable, how changing one little word can change my mood, change my outlook. It doesn’t change the circumstances I’m in, it changes me. Get to; have to.

Which will it be tomorrow?

How about you? Which will you choose?


  • JeannaLynn
    February 1, 2014, 8:38 pm  Reply

    Exceptional post, Sheila! Thank you for this “spot on” reminder! You are making this world a better place, one blog at a time! God bless you!

    • February 2, 2014, 9:20 am

      Thank you JL! You’re such an amazing coach, always help me find the “get to!” side of the task. Yours is often the voice in my head. And that’s a good thing! ~ Sheila

  • February 2, 2014, 4:45 am  Reply

    I’ll try and remember your “get to” tip…Some days we just can’t pull it up!…and want something so different…

    • February 2, 2014, 9:22 am

      Marilyn, you’re so right! Some days just getting a task done is victory in itself! But on my better days, I’m able to see that most of what I “have” to do is actually a privilege…I really do “get” to do all the things on my list! Really, it’s just another tool to stay focused and stay positive. But I have a feeling you already know a lot about doing that! ~ Sheila

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