It’s 11th grade, and we’re handed another long essay assignment in english literature. Exam prep, we’re told.
A collective groan ripples across the class. One kid even tries to climb out the window. We remind him that we’re on the second floor.
How many long essay’s do we have to do?! This is ridiculous.
Our teacher smiles. I can’t quite decide if it’s genuine or if she’s enjoying our collective dismay.
“Stop whining. What do I always say?”
She waits expectantly. Cue another collective groan. But still, we dutifully chant:
“I love it. I’ll do it. It makes me a better person.”
Ms Black makes us repeat the motto. Over and over. And over. Every time we have a long essay, we chime out in unison. I love it. I’ll do it. It makes me a better person.
I didn’t believe it back then (after all, exactly how useful ARE long essays?), but this motto did teach me an important lesson.
Things may be uncomfortable. They may suck. You may even want to climb out the window to escape them.
But here’s the thing: You can feel whatever emotion comes up, as long as you move forward and learn to love the process.
I didn’t believe it. But I’d recite that motto. Over and over.
And eventually, I did love it.
That’s what excites me. That words have incredible power to create change. Even if we don’t believe what we’re saying, the very act of reciting a simple positive phrase changes the way our brains are wired. It pushes out the negative and replaces it with something better. It opens the door of possibility.
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How powerful words are.
I forgot about that motto for years, but recently it’s come back to mind. Perhaps because things have been tough lately and it’s what I need to hear. Maybe it’s because you need to hear it too?
Do things that make you uncomfortable. Things that are hard.
I LOVE seeing how things change, obsessions shift and intangibles become tangible over time. It can be painful, messy + WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON, in the middle – but it does become clearer. Promise. This is all totally part of the process!
Recite it to yourself: I love it. I’ll do it. It makes me a better person.
Because ultimately, the things that challenge us are what makes us strong.