Its as simple as that folks. There’s no complex definitions, synonyms, hidden meanings – yes means yes. ‘Yes’ is not an abyss which could take you in a completely different direction. I feel this is something we should remember, we shouldn’t be scared of the word and saying it. Obviously on the contrary we shouldn’t feel obliged to say it – but when an opportunity comes your way that isn’t within your comfort zone, learning to say yes could be the greatest thing that happened.
My word of the year is simply, yes. I’ve spent a long time hiding behind the closed doors of my comfort zone – and a change is needed. A quote I love and I’m determined to stand by this year is: “No great things came from comfort zones”. To really mark my footsteps in my life I need to branch out, and say yes.
I remember going to what I think must have been my second or third Scout meeting ever and having a presentation on a huge camp with scouts all over the world, and the next one was to be held in Japan and you’d spend 3 weeks over there. I remember telling myself I could never do that, it’s so far away and I wouldn’t cope. I completely forgot about this moment until I was sat at the closing ceremony of the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan, a once in a life time opportunity that shaped me. Cue the violins.
But my point is, simply that comparison shows how far saying yes can take you. And it doesn’t have to go as far as travelling to Japan, but maybe something as simple as trying new foods, talking to new people, starting a blog? As your parents have probably also drilled into your brains, “You never know until you try”.
Now I feel it necessary to just say, obviously, be careful. You can say no, and don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise. But that’s a whole other blog post.
And also, as well as saying yes to new things and opportunities, say yes to you time, a duvet day, a break from it all. You need it, and you deserve it, it’s this whole self love and well-being business. To put it frankly, be selfish. Clearly not all the time, but don’t forget about yourself.
I want to do another post on 10 things to say yes to, so shall leave this here for now. I hope you liked this little pep talk, and I hope you take this with you through your day. And, as Eleanor Roosevelt said, the famous quote, “Do one thing a day that scares you”.