I Don’t Have to, I Get To

Last year, I wrote a private blog post after watching a video that heightened my sense of gratitude. Despite having a challenging week, my sense of gratitude remains intact tonight. I am very thankful for the gift of life.

Life feels less overwhelming when we think positively about the things we do. Let’s say ‘I get to’ instead of ‘I have to’ when talking and thinking about the things we need to do (our duties as wives, mothers, parents, etc.).

I get to clean my house.

I get to do laundry.

I get to cook for my family everyday.

I get to mother a toddler who keeps the house disorganized.

I get to read tons of articles on infant and early childhood mental health.

I get to attend classes after a long day.

I get to work and pickup my child from daycare after work.

I get to do all these things because I am alive and well. That’s something to be thankful for.

Have a great weekend, my friends! ♥️


  1. This is so true. I attended a funeral today, it is always a blessings to wake up to another day that wasn’t promised because it could have gone the other way.

      1. That’s why it’s so important to have a relationship with God because your spirit man will wake up in one of two places either with God in Heaven or in hell separated from God.

  2. What a great attitude. I love this. Something we all should be thankful for because there are so many who will exchange places with us in a second.

    1. Yes yes! That’s an important point. Many want to come home to a family, raise a child, cook, and do the things we take for granted, don’t give much thought to, and complain about. These days, I don’t go crazy when the little one makes the house look like a hot mess. I thank God he is healthy enough to play. Thank you ♥️

      1. So well said! You should re-post this post every once in a while so that it can provide a great reminder for us mamas.

    1. Amen. Thank you ♥️
      Only the living get to do most of the things we tend to complain about.

      PS: I couldn’t comment on your latest blog post. There was no comment section available.

  3. This nails it in “because I am alive and well”. The truth is this year has come with so many loss of lives (both known and unknown) and the more we look at how graced we are to still have life. It shifts our focus from so many things we would have tagged “negative”.
    Gratitude is key to living!

    1. Amen. Yes! I like how you used the word “shift”. Gratitude shifts our focus from being negative to having a positive outlook. We need a daily dose of gratitude! Thank you for reflecting with me.

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