Day 23: Yes Day


In the movie, “Yes Man”, starring Jim Carrey, a man whose life is at a standstill discovers the magical power of “yes” by embracing one simple idea: say yes to everything! For my first today, I decided to be the “yes woman”. I’ve seen the above mentioned movie so it was with a bit of hesitancy that I came to this decision. As I said my first yes out loud, to the universe in general, my phone buzzed. I have sentences that pop up at random on my phone to remind me of important truths. The phrase on the screen read “I am a magnet for all kinds of deeper wonderment.” It seemed an auspicious start!

It was, indeed, a day full of wonder and it became a very full day. I said yes to requests and none required me to do anything I didn’t want to do or go anywhere I didn’t want to go. It was the attitude of being open, to receiving and to granting requests, that created the greatest shift. Magical things showed up. Offers, acceptances, and contracts appeared.  I received a delightful surprise phone call, was given a special price for lunch, found a lucky penny in an unusual place, laughed when a friend, who didn’t know it was a yes day for me, answered each question I asked him with “Yes!”, and my granddaughter Aubrey stopped by and gave me a drawing. Yes, yes, yes….

What I learned from today is that saying yes is as easy as saying no. And while there are certainly times to say no, there are great benefits to affirming what comes my way. Saying yes is more than agreeing to a request, it about opening up and saying yes to life…saying yes, and then getting out of my own way, and enjoying the deeper wonderment that appears.