Can one word cure grumpiness and stress? Try it and find out.

I woke up this morning, thought about the day ahead of me, and groaned. Couldn’t I just stay in bed instead?

Not that there was anything particularly horrible on my plate today. Just a mish-mash of administrative tasks, loose ends and errands. I found myself thinking stuff like this: “Let’s see…I have to make that deposit. Oh, and I have to finish that report and get it to my clients. I have to put that roast in oven AND I have to take my kids to buy shoes for school!”

I felt stressed! I was exhausted before my day even got started.

Then something occured to me. I decided to make one small change. Suddenly my entire world seemed brighter.

The change I made was very simple. In fact, it involved just one word. In my self-talk, I replaced the word “have” with the word “get.” Suddenly I had a whole new perspective on my day as I began thinking things like this:

“Let’s see…I get to make that deposit!”

“Oh, and I get to finish that report and get it to my clients.” (Thank God I have clients!)

“I get to put a roast in the oven AND I get to take my kids to buy shoes for school!”

Wow! Suddenly these tasks seemed more akin to opportunities than obligations. I went from feeling stressed… to feeling blessed!

Try it some day. In fact, why not try it today?

Sometimes a small change can make all the difference in your world.

So you made a bad choice. Don’t make another.

Something painful just happened.

Maybe you lost your waistline or your temper or your biggest client. You failed someone you love. A friend said something mean. You picked up a bad habit. You picked a fight. You picked door number three when all the really great prizes were behind door number one.

Is there anything good you can glean from the experience?

Did you learn something? Grow in some way? Did you handle something in a way you can be proud of later? Did you model something healthy for your kids? Did you keep your wits about you? Handle something with integrity? If not, did you handle your mistake well, eventually seeking accountability or forgiveness or resolution?

We all mess up. And when we do, we have a choice. We can remember the mistake, failure or wound. Or we can remember the growth that occured as a result. The first option hurts. The second heals. The choice is ours.

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