How to Be Thankful For Life by Changing Just One Word

How to Be Thankful For Life by Changing Just One Word

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My college strength and conditioning coach, Mark Watts, taught me an important lesson that applies to life outside of the gym.

As adults, we spend a lot of time talking about all of the things that we have to do.

You have to wake up early for work. You have to make another sales call for your business. You have to work out today. You have to write an article. You have to make dinner for your family. You have to go to your son’s game.

Now, imagine changing just one word in the sentences above.

You don’t “have” to. You “get” to.

You get to wake up early for work. You get to make another sales call for your business. You get to work out today. You get to write an article. You get to make dinner for your family. You get to go to your son’s game.

I think it’s important to remind yourself that the things you do each day are not burdens, they are opportunities. So often, the things we view as work are actually the reward.

You don’t have to. You get to.

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
– Meister Eckhart

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’
– William Arthur Ward

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it – would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.
Ralph Marston

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