Dear Kate & Annabeth,
One day, when you grow up, you will have many jobs and responsibilities that, while you will ultimately be thankful for, you may find yourself struggling with at times. It’s easy to lose motivation and fall into a complaining, versus a grateful, attitude pattern. A few people smarter than me have reminded me at different times in my life of a magical three-letter word that holds the power to reset your attitude from negative to positive – get.
I have to make and clean up after what sometimes seems like endless meals and snacks each day, but I get the pleasure of feeding my growing family healthy food out of an abundant pantry and fridge, often enjoying quality times around the table, while many mothers in the world shed tears over starving children.
I have to do some work during a Fall Break family vacation, but I get the opportunity to have a fulfilling job and to shape future teachers.
I have to pick up the countless socks, toys, and scraps of paper that my family leaves all over the house, but I get to have an active, loving family and opportunities to serve someone else in love.
I have to drive my mom taxi to and from school, preschool, dance, play practice, church, and what feels like a thousand other places each week, but I get to spend quality time talking and hanging out with you guys and watching you grow in your talents, friendships, and work ethic.
I’m preaching to myself here, too. Despite my best efforts, my attitude can be pretty crummy sometimes. And it becomes a spiral – the more we focus on what’s wrong, the more wrong we see. But I get another change to reset my perspective and remind myself of my blessings and opportunities every day, every hour, every minute – and so do you. So, when the “have to’s” all seem overbearing, stop and remind yourself of the power of “get.”
All My Love,