Some time ago now I took a personal pledge to say YES to more things in my life.
YES to opportunities, YES to invitations and YES to all sorts of offers that came my way. I felt that this would be a gentle, effortless way of introducing more joy and spontaneity back into my life. This small move was just the beginning, and I had no idea what was in front of me when I set out.
My Say YES project was not prompted by a craving for more excitement in my life. It was my planned route out of stress and mounting anxiety. The long stretches of busyness that I can indulge in causes the kind of stress that eventually takes its toll on a sensitive soul. There had been many a morning where my waking moments were met with a host of ‘must-do’, ‘must-change’, ‘must-stop’ directions. I would wake with my internal self-talk at full volume and it would shake me awake.
Perhaps you have recognised with your own version of internal roadblocks. Self – doubt or fear can prevent us from moving forward, taking action and making decisions. It surfaces as the overly critical self-talk behind procrastination, not feeling deserving or qualified enough, avoidance tactics and more. It comes in many flavours and all manner of disguises.
Whilst other parts of my life were in check I knew that what was missing was gentleness and space. I needed to lighten the load and add back more time for play and nurturing.
So rather than having to go out actively seeking anything I chose the more passive route of waiting for opportunities to find me. All I then had to do was say YES and jump.
What I discovered was that saying YES actually took lots of courage.
Sometimes it’s much more comfortable to say NO (to others as well as ourselves) –
- not today
- I think I’ll stay home thanks
- I would rather not deal with that right now
- I can manage just fine on my own
- it’s lovely, but I couldn’t
- sorry but I don’t have time for that
- I’m not sure that’s my thing
I was struck by how challenging it really was and I didn’t realise that I was learning a profound lesson. I was rediscovering ways of feeding my soul – warm baths, time with friends, art making, connected conversations, a big wide world, fun, vulnerability and imperfection. I listened, and let them into my days and into my life. I invited them in whenever they were on offer, by saying YES.
Being brave has opened so many wonderful doors for me and it can for you too. It has taught me so much about living a rich and joyful life .
Perhaps you feel that you too could benefit from taking some courageous steps but don’t know where to start.
Shortly I will be setting out on my Playground Add-Venture where we will be visiting courage and bravery, and I would be honoured to have you join me.
DATE: Saturday February 22nd
TIME: 1 – 5pm (ish)
WHERE: Sprout Studios – 123 Auburn Rd. Hawthorn VIC
COST: $70 (includes yoga session, all art materials and delicious, nutritious refreshments – of course)
Taking steps toward change requires courage, and the first step can be the most challenging. Say YES, jump on board and make this today’s commitment to being brave and creating a better life.
For further enquiries get in touch on 0414 441 824 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to see you there.