A very dear friend of mine posted something on Facebook that provided me food for thought – she wrote about the theme her pastor had shared with the congregation at her church: “we get to”. The idea is that things shouldn’t be a chore; they should be a privilege. Even the sticky things – especially the sticky things! For example:
- Instead of “I have to clean my house” — say “I get to clean my house” (I am fortunate to have a house to clean!)
- Instead of “I have to scoop cat poop” — say “I get to clean the litter box” (I am fortunate to have a wonderful cat!)
- Instead of “I have to go to work” — say “I get to go to work” (I am fortunate enough to have a job to go to!)
To me, it’s about changing the focus or the lens through which I view my life. Sometimes, in the heat of the rat race, I get caught up in all of my i have to’s. They can seem exhausting, depressing, and hard to handle at the best of times! But when I step back, turn them around, and change my lens from negative to positive, I start to realize that it’s a privilege, not a right, to have the life I do.
If I think about all of those people around me, who I may or may not know, who are not fortunate enough to do the things I feel burdened by — it gives me pause and makes me realize that I should be far more grateful for what I have to do, because each task reinforces how blessed I truly am.
So next time I am lamenting the fact that I have to take out the garbage; I will be mindful enough to remember that it is my privilege; not my right.