Recently I got free tickets to a show at the last minute and called a friend who I thought would enjoy it to invite her to join me. At first she was excited but then she said she “should” stay home and get her laundry done. There it was, the pleasure-buster word—“should”—the one that cancels out the choices we want to make. I told her she “could” stay home o do the laundry or she “could” go to the show and do laundry tomorrow. I could hear her smiling on the other end as she said, “Since you put it that way, I’ll join you.”
Thinking you “should” do something is often a roadblock to doing what you’d really like to do. Most “shoulds” are things you’d rather not do:
• I’d love to stay home from work on the holiday but I should go in since I’d get a lot done with no one there.”
• ”I need a day for myself but should spend it with my mother.”
• “I want to go to the beach for my vacation but should go where my husband wants to go.”
• “I’d love to go out on this gorg4ous day but should stay home and do chores.”
Do you recognize yourself in any of these? “Should” is a self-imposed rule that we use to guilt ourselves out of doing something we’d like. That’s not loving! My friend was so happy that she went with me to the show and her laundry eventually go one too. When you change “should to “could” you give yourself a choice:
• I’d love to stay home from work on the holiday but I could go in since I’d get a lot done with no one there.” You could also enjoy the day of you’re entitled to have. Ask yourself, which is more important, your work or a chance to get much needed rest or some pleasure?
• ”I need a day for myself but could spend it with my mother.” Your mother may enjoy time with you but you deserve me time. Your mother will survive if you take the day for you.
• “I want to go to the beach for my vacation but should go where my husband wants to go.” And you could let him know you’d like your preference. You count!
• I’d love to go out on this gorgeous day but could stay home and do chores.” Do what you’d rather do. Life is meant to be enjoyed.
Think in terms of could so you give yourself a reasonable shot at doing what you’d prefer–guilt-free. Don’t be your own self-imposed roadblock! Love yourself enough to cut yourself slack.
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