This has been one of my three-year-old’s favourite sayings of late, nabbed cheerfully from his kindergarten teacher who has been using it a lot with him because when said tot gets what he gets, he pretty much always gets upset.
Apart from robbing the phrase and wheeling it out when my kids are, say, given an apple after dinner instead of a chocolate biscuit, I’ve been internally throwing it at things in my own life to see how my perspective changes – on the little stuff and the big stuff.
Chose the till at the supermarket where someone has just had a weird item scanned and the harassed check-out assistant has to ring a bell to get help and delay the whole queue for inifinity? You get what you get and you don’t get upset. You haven’t achieved what you wanted to with your life (yet) because something terrible happened to you? You get what you get and you don’t get upset.
See how it works? It’s not about pretending things aren’t happening or haven’t happened. It’s about acceptance.
You get what you get and you don’t get upset. Just don’t give me an apple instead of a chocolate biscuit.