Saying yes is the new March Madness. This week, I have said yes to four different kinds of dancing. I said yes to my body, and finally went to see a naturopath, whose whole practice centers around letting your body tell you what's going on. Instead of guessing! Yes, PLEASE. I said yes to reading a trashy romance novel that was deliciously fun. I said yes to an online course that I've been saying no to for quite some time. I said yes to talking to people everywhere. On the street, in the karate waiting area, on the phone, on Facebook. Misanthropic tendencies be damned, I had some wonderful conversations and feel more connected and light.
This week, I said yes to the things that light me up, and I said no to the things that bring me misery. One of those no-things was running the household. (I can't keep saying no entirely, because at the end of the week, my house is completely covered in dog hair, dishes and laundry. Perhaps chores get to live in Maybe-town?) Yesterday, I saw a kid skipping down the street. Skipping! Have you ever seen a tall gangly person skip? Frankly, it's dangerous. I could take out an eyeball. Why do kids skip? It's extra work, walking is more efficient, you get all sweaty, you might pee in your pants. (Of course, when I say "you" I mean "me.") No, no, no, no. Kids want to fly every single time they move. Kids are born saying yes. (Until they turn two, and their entire vocabulary consists of NO.) Maybe all this time in Yes-ville is just a chance to nourish that inner kid. Saying yes more often brings you back to the beginning, where joy resides. Inner skipping.
In Danielle's first chapter, about Mojo, it's all about saying yes to the things that light you up. We all have superpowers, and we all have shortcomings. The idea that we are supposed to be good at everything is horse shit. What a relief! Someone else can be good at the things I suck at! Hooray! Wait... What are my superpowers?
What are yours?
How do we figure this out? Danielle wants me to get better at what I'm best at, and approve of my weaknesses. A worksheet with questions designed to zero in on my passions hit home with me.
What could you talk about all night long, without running out of things to say?
When do you feel like a rock star?
When do you feel most like yourself?
"Whenever there is enthusiasm, there is a creative empowerment that goes far beyond what a mere person is capable of." — Eckhart Tolle