It’s late. My eyes are growing heavy from the overwhelming exhaustion of my daily tasks. Still, my day isn’t over—I have to meal prep for the week ahead. I much rather be curled up in my bed watching a movie. Oh the joys of adulthood, “Why do I always have so much to do?”

“I have to go to work.”

“I have to pay bills.”

“I have to go grocery shopping.”

“I have to cook.”

“I have to go to gym.” …and the list goes on.

Up until recently, those were the ramblings of my enervated mind. When I lost the momentum of checking tasks off my to-do list, I grew extremely overwhelmed. I’d find myself spiralling into exhaustion and constantly having resigned and weary sighs, wishing I didn’t have so much to do.

I hated the overwhelming feeling—it was a hindrance in my productivity and took away from my happiness. I needed a solution and I needed it fast. I did what I do best—slipped on my oversized purple glasses and activated ‘fix-it’ mode. I found gold. It was a simple fix: replace the word “have” with the word “get”. I decided to give it a try. All the whining and complaining I was doing before, then became:

“I get to go to work” … because I have a job in this dwindling economy, while others don’t.

“I get to pay bills”… because I can afford to, while many can’t.

“I get to go grocery shopping”… because I have the privilege to, while so many don’t.  

“I get to cook”… because I have the resources to, while there are many who wish for it but don’t.

“I get to go to gym” …because I am healthy and physically able to, while many aren’t.

Replacing the word “have” with  “get” made my life seem easier. It inspired me to carry out my tasks without complaining and feeling overwhelmed. It also made me appreciate my simple blessings and capabilities much more than I did before. Remember at any given moment, there is always someone, somewhere wishing they had what you have. So the next time you find yourself complaining or feeling overwhelmed about things you “have” to do, try thinking of it as things you “get” to do. 

What do you think? What do you get to do?

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Love, Candace

26 Replies to “One Word That Makes Life Easier”

  1. Guess who “gets” to comment first on your post?. This is synonymous with having deep garatitude for everything in life, the good and the bad. Awesome post babe.

  2. I believe there is a fine line between being grateful (which you did beautifully in your post) and someone in power over us telling us they’ve done us a favor by simply treating us like a human being (“you can’t pay your bills without working three jobs, well you should be grateful because there are a million others who’d take this job w/o complaining). I’m probably too cynical. Thank you for being happy and sharing it.

  3. I agree and disagree, if I can do such a thing, lol. The words we use from which ever language really do create our reality so I think we need to be careful what we say, especially to ourselves. But… having said that I also believe that part of the reason for some of our unhappiness is because we fail to BE, and live in the NOW! We as humans (I believe) have the innate ability to create and change our paths, but to do such we need to recognize, acknowledge and also embrace the ”I have to’s” for what they are in order to initiate some change by utilizing the ” I get to’s”.

    Thanks for the reminder Candice, I’m new to your blog, enjoying the read:)

    1. Hi Motee. Yep, there are many factors when it comes to creating happiness, amongst them is living in the now– it’s certainly an instrumental one. Others I believe are acceptance, like you said.. embracing the “have to’s” and gratitude that is, thinking of it as “get to’s”.

      Thanks so much for reading and sharing such a valuable insight 🙂

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