YES means not holding ourselves back with fears or doubts or insecurities. Not letting past hurts or disappointments keep us stuck. Not staying hidden and “safe.” Not being afraid to take a chance, to try a new job, to move, to start a relationship, to take a class.
YES means moving forward with whatever life offers. It means recognizing changes, openings, and new situations, and accepting them. Embracing new adventures without looking longingly back at a closed door. Seeing all the twists and turns and changes in life as new opportunities and stepping stones, rather than as impediments or obstacles.
YES means fully enjoying who we are, knowing ourselves, and honoring our unique and special gifts. YES means making the most of whatever happens, and experiencing life in all its fullness and glory.
YES means to exuberantly dance, sing, play, write, create, laugh, and completely be yourself. It means to embrace all of life – the good, the bad, the happy, the painful, the beautiful, the ugly, and the dirty. Because that is what we are here for – all of it. We are here to live life fully and passionately. To enjoy each moment and get everything we can from this experience here on earth. Living, rather than simply existing, means saying YES to all of that.
I was fired from a traditional job in November of 2013. At first shocked and disoriented, I soon realized that I was actually being set free. That this was a new opportunity, the proverbial window being opened when one door closed. I realized the universe was pushing me in another direction, and I could either fight it and be angry and miserable, or I could say YES and move forward into a new chapter of my life.
I chose to say YES. I now had the time and space to discover, explore, and pursue what I was truly passionate about, even if I wasn’t aware of it at the time. But I was ready to say YES to whatever happened.
Within a few weeks, I saw an ad online for a writing class. I had not written much of anything before, not even a blog. But now I saw an opportunity, an opening – and something inside me whispered, “YES.” So I signed up for the writing class, not knowing what to expect.
Within three months, my life has completely changed. I now have an active blog with quite a few followers, I have written numerous poems and short stories, and I am currently working on my first book.
For me, saying “YES” completely changed my life. It meant not wallowing in self-pity or staying hidden. It meant finding my passion and going for it. It meant stepping into the unknown, taking a chance, and jumping off a cliff, not knowing where I would land.
YES means even if you’re scared, do it anyway. Live with gusto, exuberance, and exhilaration. Explore, open, and see the world with wonder. Let life happen and express itself through you. Revel in and savor the amazing lusciousness of life that surrounds you.
I’ve learned that we should say YES to whatever makes our souls sing with joy. Whatever makes us feel passionate, excited, and alive – we need to say YES to that!
YES means embracing the joy in everything there is, and feeling gratitude for what is in our lives.
YES means living fully with exuberance and gusto, with nothing holding you back.
I invite each of you to say “YES” to all of life, to be fully who you are, and to enjoy the whole journey, each and every moment.
YES! I am here, I am ready, and I embrace it all.
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