No doubt about it. Living life with a yes habit is, as Martha likes to say, a good thing. It’s a positive, will-do attitude that:
- takes us far,
- endears us to many, and
- ramps up our feel-good status.
We become the go-to people at work, in volunteer groups, on church committees, in neighborhood HOAs, whatever.
Develop the yes habit, and you’ll find yourself energized. That would be the opposite of frazzled – the typical feeling that comes from saying yes on an all-Saturday-afternoon buying frenzy at the mall.
Say yes more often than no to:
- visiting crabby old Gramps in the nursing home once a week – whether you feel like it or not – because he desperately needs the company.
- exercising till you lose those love handles – because they won’t go away on their own.
- learning new ways of thinking about food – because, well, you know why.
- forgiving that sorry so-and-so – because you want to be free of his hold on you.
- digging yourself out of debt – because your big plans for life don’t include debtors’ prison.
- love – because it’s the most important thing in the world.
Reams have been written about this yes habit. It’s called everything from positive mental attitude to good karma and everything in-between. I can’t hold a candle to authors who’ve hit the best seller lists with their books about saying yes.
I just checked Google for “positive thinking authors”: 13,900,000 pages of books. Whoa. I can’t compete with that. Don’t even plan to try. Pay attention to what they say about saying yes to life. (Then share your best gem with the rest of us.)
Confession time. I’m not really interested in yes since, as I’ve said, thousands have already covered the topic. This post is just a warm-up for the next post – knowing when NOT to say yes. Pay attention, as my saying-no post has just come out of the oven.
© 2014 Teresa Layne Bennett