As I was going through my son's school folder this morning, I ran across a local kid's newspaper that is sent home periodically.  I started quickly browsing through it to see if there was anything interesting and I ran across an article that I felt was so necessary to share with everyone I know this morning.  These are rules in which I live my life by and have helped me to live each day with a grateful heart. 

I so often hear people around me complaining on a daily basis and a lot of times I'm known as the "All sunshine and rainbows" girl as I always find a bright side to every daily situation.  I get looked at like I have two heads sometimes by the perpetual pessimists, but that's okay. I love my positive attitude and I am PROUD OF IT!!!  It has helped me through so many difficult times in my life and I couldn't imagine where I would be if it wasn't a part of me.  A positive attitude is really just a choice, a mindset, and if you just change a few things around, how you speak, how you react, etc., it will absolutely become a part of who you are!  That's when you will see your life transforming on MANY levels.  So with all that being said, here is the article:

"Have to" or "Get to"
By Jon Gordon

Who knew that two simple words could change one’s mindset, perspective and approach to work and life? Just two words have the potential to enhance joy, productivity, performance and change a complaining voice to an appreciative heart.

So often we say things like, "I have to take the kids to practice." "I have to go to this meeting." "I have to finish this project." "I have to go to work today." "I have to take care of this customer." "I have to share this new information with my team." "I have to see my family this weekend."

We act as if we don’t have a choice. As if we are imprisoned by a paycheck and the expectations of a world that forces us to do thing we don’t want to do. But in reality we do have a choice. We can choose our attitude and our actions. We can choose how we view our life and work. We can realize that every day is a gift. It’s not about what we have to do. It’s about what we get to do.

We get to live this life while so many like Tim Russert and my Mom have left this world far too early. We get to drive in traffic while so many are too sick to drive a car. We get to go to a job while so many are unemployed. We get to raise our children even if they drive us nuts at times. :) We get to interact with our employees and customers and make a difference in their life. We get to use our gifts and talents to make a product or provide a service. We get to eat three meals a day while millions of people are starving. We get to work on projects, answer phone calls, serve customers, participate in meetings, design, create, share, sell, lead and suit up every day for the game of life.

Yes there will be challenges and life isn’t easy but each day we wake up we get another opportunity to make today better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today. We get to uplift, inspire, encourage, and impact others. We get to live this life. Let’s make the most of it by remembering that life is a gift not an obligation.

Hope you enjoyed this article as much as I did!

Have a blessed and beautiful day...because you GET TO!!

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Apr. 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

I love your post. I am a positive person too, but it's been challenging lately because I am 12 weeks pregnant with my second child and am suffering from severe Hyperemesis. I am now that sickperson that can't drive or eat or drink. It's really put the "have to's" into perspective. I look forward to the "get to's" again and think your jpurnal is wonderful! THanks for sharing :)

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Apr. 14, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Thank you for taking time to post this. I enjoyed reading it. You have a great outlook on life. God bless you for sharing it with others.

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Apr. 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Big Thank You!! Something  that I NEEDED to see today!!! Thank You!!

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Apr. 20, 2011 at 5:47 PM

love it love it love it...I'm also this typeof person where I LOVE to turn LEMONS in to LEMONADE

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Apr. 26, 2011 at 9:13 AM

You're VERY welcome ladies!!!  SO happy you enjoyed it:)

Have a beautiful day!!


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May. 19, 2011 at 11:51 AM


Your post has moved me to tears...I too try to be positive, I am really good at keeping others on the positive track; however, I don't do this enough for myself....  Thank you for sharing this, I feel like it spoke directly to me!

Bless you,

Sandra :)


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