How One Letter Changes Everything…

I have a friend whose husband is the eternal optimist. {Surviving cancer will pretty much change your outlook on everything…} When she’s lamenting another day of jobs, obligations, setbacks, opportunities and all she’s got to do to face the day, he’s always quick to reminder her “Remember you get to face this day.”

Got to or Get to… One letter makes all the difference y’all…

“o” versus “e”… Even the shape of the letter tells a story…the “o” leaves a big ol’ hole in the middle…which is usually how we feel when we try to accomplish things under our own power. The “e” on the other hand seems to start at the center and swirl it’s way out and it makes me remember that the only way to live is to put God at the center… then all the other things fall into their proper place…

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Get to or Got to…

This notion was the first thing to pop into my head this morning as I shook off the sleep, did the mental check on what day it was {not Saturday…aww man… not even Friday yet…} and stretched my muscles as I rolled out of the bed. So enthralled was I on pondering this that I washed my hair with body wash instead of shampoo. {So far not a bad outcome…in case you’re wondering how that all played out} All synapses don’t really start firing until the 8 to 9 o’clock hour… so if you see me before then, please extend grace…

I can slog through the morning thinking of all the things I’ve got to do or I can choose to focus on what I get to do.

All day long so far I’ve chanted “Get to”, “Get to”, “Get to”. We learn by repetition so if it takes me audibly hearing this over and over in order for it to stick and make a difference in my mind then pay no attention to me if you pass me on the street… At any rate, here’s my short list thus far.

 I get to:

Wake up. With that simple act of rising, I’ve accomplished the hardest thing of the day. The rest is cake.

Shower in warm water because I have a house with running water. Though the water may drip from the sink faucet, still my soul finds comfort in the steam of the shower…

Smell and drink my fill of coffee because my husband makes it for me each morning even though he doesn’t drink it. That’s love right there folks…

And the list goes on…

To focus on the “Get to” is an upward climb some days but we have to just keep rolling with the punches…the jabs and the slaps too. The hurt feelings or the misunderstandings and vow to keep our eyes fixed and our lips set on praise. It will not be easy- nothing worth doing ever is. But tomorrow is another day and the attitude that may fall on us this minute doesn’t have to be the one we carry into the next hour…

We always get to choose

So what do you “Get to” do today?

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13 thoughts on “How One Letter Changes Everything…

  1. Aunt Teresa says:

    Heather, I love to read your blog. It gives me alot to think about how fortunate we all are and how much life can change in seconds. I am so blessed beyond what I could ever imagine. We just don’t realize how thankful we all should be, just like you said we are able to get out of bed and do our daily routines.Thank you for reminding us. We always need to be encouraged to be our best at all times.

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  2. Georgia Burton says:

    Heather, just finished (woe is me – got to clean, vacuum …….) then I read your blog and WOW. God is so good and I need to keep reminding myself that getting out of bed is a blessing. Being able to do my chores is a blessing. The problem is not the chores, its the organization of my time. Thank you for reminding me how blessed we are. You are super girl. Love your blog. Lots to think about.

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