Get To or Got To?

“I will greet this day with love in my heart…I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.”
-Og Mandino

It’s Friday!! What do you GET to do this weekend?  

Did you see what I did there?  

We walk around all week saying, “I gotta do this,” and “I gotta do that.” Then, we are so excited for the weekend just to say “I gotta do this,” and “I gotta do that” again! Busy has become a status symbol in the workplace and society that we have lost gratitude for what we have and the opportunities we get to do in the process (and I would also argue we lose effectiveness).  

I was reminded of that this week, and it was a good refresher. Take the 6 minutes and watch this video. Shout out to my brother-in-law for sharing earlier this week. It is a powerful story of “get to” or “got to.”  

You see, we have opportunities in our lives – work or home, kids or spouse, friends or family, volunteer or otherwise – to make the world a better and happier place. Oftentimes, we are too busy to remember how lucky we are for what we get to do. If only we look at every obstacle as a chance to overcome. Every project as a chance to apply our talents. Every stressor as a chance to grow. Every workout as a chance to use our bodies. And every meal as a chance to enjoy food. 

I say this as a father of three under six, who rushes through bedtime and bath time routine more often than I’d like to admit. But it’s videos like this that remind me that one day I am gonna miss those moments and remind me that right now, I get to do bath time and bedtime stories.

Let this be a reminder to bring an attitude of gratitude to whatever you get to do this weekend or next week.  For me, I get to spend the weekend with family and friends.  

What do you get to do?

BJ Kraemer, President