I Get To…

When life throws you a curveball, instead of dwelling on what you can’t do, focus in on what you get to do.

For example:

When you get laid off, furloughed, or fired from a job, don’t say “I can’t provide for my family”, say “I get to reevaluate my career path and redirect it to something better.”

When you are hit with an unexpected bill or expense, instead of saying “where am I going to find the money to pay for this?”, say “I get a chance to review my budget and gain control over wasteful spending.”

When a loved one moves away, don’t say “I can’t see them ever again”, say “I get to travel to a new place and experience new adventures.”

When your car is in the shop and you must get a rental, don’t say “I can’t get used to going to work without driving my own car” instead say “I get to take an extended test drive on a car I may want to buy in the future.”

When a friendship or relationships ends, don’t say “I can’t believe it has ended”, instead say “I get a chance to take what I learned from this relationship and use it to be a better friend/lover in my nest relationship.”

When you are forced to file bankruptcy, don’t say “I can’t believe I got that much into debt”, instead say “I get a chance to start over and do thing better.”

When your power goes off in a storm don’t say “I can’t watch my favorite TV show tonight”, instead say “I get to experience what life was like for my ancestors who did not have electricity.”

When a cop pulls you over, instead of saying “I can’t believe that of all the people on the road, he had to pull me over’, instead say “I get a chance to personally thank a first responder for putting his life on the line every day to keep me safe.”

When you receive bad medical news from your doctor, don’t say “I can’t believe I am this sick or I might die”, instead say “I get to focus in on what is really important in life.”

When you must work from home and your kids won’t leave you alone, don’t say “I can’t get anything done with these kids in the house”, instead say “I get a chance to spend more time with my children and watch them grow and mature.”

What all this boils down to is this: don’t look at the negative of any satiation you find yourself in.  Instead you should look for the positive.  When you see only the positive your difficult times wills seem less difficult and more enjoyable in life.