“Just say yes. Just say there’s nothing holding you back.” ~ Snow Patrol
Or, as defined by my dictionary
Yes (adv): Used to express consent, agreement, or approval, or to answer when one is addressed.
I have been trying to write a post on procrastination for weeks. Somewhat ironic that I can’t do it, yes? But it isn’t due to me putting it off, it’s because every time I try it turns into such a blistering polemic I have to back away from my keyboard! That’s not very like me so, having out some more thought into it, it isn’t procrastination that I want to write about but commitment. Not necessarily “Yes, I do” wedding bells commitement, but just saying a wholehearted yes.
There are articles written on a fairly regular basis saying we are all doing too much. Women’s magazines often say we need to say ‘no’ more often. (Men’s magazines may have articles like this too but i don’t know as I don’t read them). This is from the idea that people are reluctant to say no to others and end up taking on too much work etc. Well I can see the sense behind that but agreeing to do an extra task or cover a shift or work late is rarely, if ever, done with a resounding yes. It’s more of a ‘yeah, ok’ with a bit of sinking feeling inside.
So, instead, I’m advocating a slight shift in thinking. Instead of thinking about saying no, think about when you can say yes and mean it. Really be open and into whatever is being asked/offered/suggested. Some of you will have read Yes Man by Danny Wallace (if you haven’t do, it’s great. I don’t recommend the Jim Carrey film though). The premise is that he started saying yes. To everything. Of course this quickly got ludicrous and even he had to set some boundaries. So I’m not saying we can avoid those ‘yeah, ok’ moments completely. But we certainly can look to grasp those opportunities that life offers us with both hands.
And this ties back into procrastination like this; it’s been said that life is too short to stuff a mushroom. No, it isn’t! Stuff as many mushrooms as you want. Try peppers too. And then, preferably, invite me round for dinner! Just, if stuffing mushrooms is what you want to do, then do it. Say yes to it. Don’t put it off because you might get it wrong or look stupid doing it or because there will be time tomorrow. There might not be mushrooms tomorrow. Or worse, there might not be time. Read this by @Bruce2990.
Now think about what you want to do and say yes to it.