I “Get” To
Written by Holden Rethwill

How many times a day do you use the phrase I have to?

Regardless what the phrase is connected to, this is something I hear constantly. I’m even guilty of it myself.

What exactly am I guilty of?

Allowing myself to have the mindset that I have to do something. We don’t have to do anything. We get to do it.

Telling yourself you get to do something as opposed to having to do it is a simple change in philosophy that can have incredible benefits. Instead of looking at something – i.e. a workout, daily task, etc. – and saying you have to do it, take a second to realize how fortunate you are that you get to do it. Because if you get to do something, it means you’re still alive. It means you’ve been blessed with another day to make yourself and those around you better.

You don’t have to workout, you don’t have to do the dishes, you don’t have to walk the dogs, you get to do all of these things. There’s people out there less fortunate than you that don’t get to. Taking a second to realize how fortunate you are to get to do these things can be very eye opening. It can make you cognizant of all the things you get to do on a daily basis that others may not have the opportunity to.

Try giving this little phrase shift a shot; especially when something comes up that you may not necessarily want to do. See if it doesn’t boost your mood. And remember, you don’t have to ride the Assault Bike, you get to.

  • Kevin Hill

    What a powerful message. My wife has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and I live the “get to” everyday. It’s easy to take for granted the simple things like standing, walking, lifting a cup, or hugging your kids without pain. Five days a week at 5AM I suffer for only an hour pushing my body, and she suffers 24 hrs a day because she has too. She is my “get to.”

    • Candy Olkey

      Thanks for sharing…beautiful story with great inspiration!!

    • Thanks so much for sharing, I really appreciate it! I can only imagine how tough that must be, but I’m glad you enjoyed the post and were able to take it to heart! It’s incredible what that little phrase can do to change an outlook on life! It sounds like you’ve got one tough wife. I hope others can find the inspiration like you have!