No and Yes are without a doubt the two most powerful words in any human language.
And I also believe ardently in a generous “Yes;” and if the Lady of (Mis) Fortune is having a very good day and just so happens to be looking directly at me, the very precious “Yes, Yes, Yes.”
Truly, No and Yes coexist together like the wrong side and the right side do in the same garment.
Because as I have stated before: You must first say no to the things you do not want before you can say yes to the things that you do.
So after “No” has cleared the path of all that rubbish that stupid people, arseclowns, and life has a tendency to litter your path with, here is just a sampling of the things you can begin say a definite Yes to:
Yes, I am Queen of Sheba (or Prince of Persia). Therefore, no one is allowed to treat me as if I am prey or to toss me aside like a Dixie cup — and not be held accountable.
Yes, I have opinions and preferences. Duh! Deal with it!
I can and I will.
Yes, I am more than capable. I can make a meaningful difference even if it is only by living with integrity or with the smallest, random act of generosity.
Yes, I am here. Therefore, I matter too in any relationship equation.
Yes, I want in.
Yes, I want to see and be seen. I want to feel and be felt. I want to touch and be touched. I want to hear and be heard. I want to understand and be understood.
And, of course, yes, yes, yes to the 11th Commandment, but only after someone has proven themselves to be truly, madly, deeply worthy of me.
Here’s an important truth: If our lives are to have even the possibility of any real depth of meaning or to be kissed with even a touch of sweetness, after we have been brave enough to say “No,” we must be strong enough and wise enough to say, “Yes.”
Call to action: What are some other things you believe we should say Yes to?