Our whole family went out for a run early yesterday morning. What a treat to all run together at an easy, conversational pace! This last month has been a “cut-back” month for me, something I needed both mentally and physically.
The care-free country runs on vacation helped me to fall in love with running all over again. Now that my shin is happy again, I’m excited to pick up the mileage and intensity, but I don’t want to lose the joy of running.
I realized on our run this weekend that much of running (and life) comes down to my attitude. We had a great run because I could say I “get to” run with the whole family. Near the end of a training plan, that often changes. I find myself saying I “have to” run 10 miles tomorrow, or I “have to” do a tempo run today.
I’m learning that “HAVE to” leads to attitude (and negativity).
“GET to” leads to gratitude.
It struck me how many other areas of my life could benefit from this simple word replacement.
I don’t have to cook dinner for my family, I get to provide healthy meals and have access to fresh foods.
I don’t have to wake up early, I get to savor quiet downtime or a workout before everyone else gets up.
I don’t have to stay home with my daughter, I get to savor this time and enjoy her every discovery.
I don’t have to teach spinning, I get to motivate others on their fitness journey.
I don’t have to be busy all the time, I get to choose how to spend my free time.
I don’t have to do and be all things for all people, I get to use my time and talents to love those around me and seek the peace of my city.
I don’t have to stress about our future, I get to enjoy today and can trust that everything will come together in time.
And tomorrow, I don’t have to get up early to squeeze in a run. I get to energize my body, mind and spirit!
Do you ever feel like you have to work out , or have to run? Are there other areas of your life that can benefit from a change of perspective from “have to” to “get to”?