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I’ve been making one small change toward a better, happier attitude lately. Actually, it’s been a series of small changes that add up. First, I got control of my complaining habit again. Then I made steps toward a more positive attitude.
Finally, I want to stop using one word – should.
Anytime I use the word “should” it packs along with it a heavy bundle of built-in guilt. Especially when combined with the word “have”, which equals instant regret added to the guilt.
I should do a better job keeping up with the laundry.
I should have sent them a card.
I should be more organized.
I should make better use of my time.
“Should” pulls all the attention away from what we have done and accomplished, making us feel neglectful, and even worthless.
It could be that we didn’t get the laundry done, but the groceries were bought and put away.
The card might not have gotten sent, but a prayer was said.
We may have lost track of a library book, but we did manage to find everything else we needed.
We may get to the end of the day and not have crossed everything off the to-do list, but we spent time listening to a child or friend sort out a problem.
You get the idea. All those “shoulds” can pile up and press us down with guilt laden weight.
I’m going to be making an effort to eliminate “should” from my vocabulary and thoughts. And I’m going to try to stop using it on others, specifically my family. As in, “You should do….” or “You should try…” There’s got to be a better way to share an idea with someone. And a lot of the time, it’s probably more beneficial for me to keep quiet altogether.
The photo at the top is our magnetic poetry board. There is no “should” included in those tiles. I looked. ”Should” doesn’t help write poetry. And I haven’t found it too helpful in my life either.
Do you struggle with “should”? Or “just”? Or is it a different word that gives you grief?
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