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Y’all are awesome! I will skip answering today’s question, and get inspired on y’all’s answers and experiences. I have been facing some challenges those past few days, which made me switch my “filter” from being and spreading positive to being reactive and seeing things pessimistically. I hope I can overcome those and grow from them.
Because my Mother died when I was 40 I live this way. Life is too short not to say “YES” and experience lots of adventures
I want to be able to take opportunities as they come, and not second guess or talk myself out of it. Good things often come but my apprehension to stepping outside of my comfort zone inhibits me from accepting them. So I want to make an effort to be open to the new and the good.
I try to always be in “yes” mode.
Especially if it’s something that might
help me or something that might offer
a new experience.
I realized that I was a reflexively saying
no, and when I catch myself doing that,
I think for a minute, and make sure it’s
not just my auto “no” reflex. Now I’m
doing things that I should have done
Say thank you and smile!
My husband’s aunt often said: live a long life but don’t get old.
To me that says, give a big yes to life and don’t get stale.
The YES in this question made me smile! Living life to the best of my ability and embracing it is the best way that I see that I can say YES to the adventure of my life. Living in a good way and treating my fellow man in a kind and generous manner seems to be a good road to travel.
For me living the big YES adventure is to firstly get healed from my hip injury and then to continue to look for adventurous things to do and schedule them and make them happen! Also, ensure that I follow God’s plan for me and include others in as many adventures as possible.
“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
― Eckhart Tolle
“When you are grateful, you know that you belong to a network of give-and-take and you say “yes” to that belonging. This “yes” is the essence of love.” Brother David
Byron Katie says, “Love what is.” She does not say love what was or will be. Br. David says to say “yes” is the essence of love. Eckhart Tolle says that there is nothing more insane than to oppose life, itself. It took me years and years of resisting what is to realize that the battle with my life was in my own head. I didn’t look at my life as an adventure. I turned it into an adversary. The source of the battle was within. Why is there fighting in Ukraine? Why is there fighting in the Middle East? Why is my own country’s legislative branch behaving like the Hatfields and McCoys?
Joseph says it well when he speaks of the monkey in his mind. Yesterday, he put it this way: “…what has helped me is to invite that monkey in my mind to sit in my lap instead of trying to shoot him when the jumping from branch to branch becomes a bit much.” To me he is saying move that monkey from your head to your heart. Shooting the monkey never works! The famous line from the cartoon Pogo is, “We have met the enemy and he are us.”
I say this from my heart and it took many years of resisting life for me to live it. Life is trustworthy. Breathing in, I take. Breathing out, I give. A good way to remind myself to say “Yes” to the adventure life is offering me.
Carol, thank you. Once again, you
have succinctly put into words,
my thought. 🙏
I feel as if I already do although I also appreciate and say a big yes to the comfort of routine and home. I feel that more strongly today because I’ve been at a conference for several days now and I’m looking forward to going home tonight. This question makes me realize that if I think of the travel as an adventure and not the barrier between me and home I will enjoy it more.
Honestly, the dictionary doesn’t help me understand this question. I don’t know what to say when I see the word “adventure.” But there is something I would love to share today when I saw the word “YES.”
Yes! In many situations, we say “yes” in agreement and cheerfully. However, there are times when we must reluctantly say yes when life throws us a tough problem to test our resilience and mindfulness skills.
As for my family’s current circumstances, my father-in-law is recovering from his cancer treatment, and we plan to move to a place he wants to live. Unfortunately, my mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with cancer. Yes, our moving plans must be delayed.
What are we “yes” for? My mother-in-law must say “yes” to the cancer treatment that awaits her. My father-in-law must say “yes” to not yet enjoying living where he wants. My husband and I, both having visual impairments, must say “yes” to being positive, at least take care of ourselves without relying on our parents for everything, and do our best to help the family as much as we can. It is a truly significant “YES” from our family. With God’s grace and everyone’s love, we will stay strong with great hope.
I hope that the treatments for my mother-in-law will not be as challenging as those for my father-in-law because her cancer is diagnosed early.
Healing prayers to your in-laws Ngoc.
Thank you and YES to your kindness and compassion, Ngoc Nguyen.
This is so insightful ! Thank you.
Ngoc Nguyen- what a giving and brave young woman you are…You are certainly saying YES to all the adventures coming your way. I cannot think of anyone giving more. Sending love and prayers to you and your family.
Ditto to Josie’s response…sometimes saying “Yes” is very challenging.
What an inspiring answer to today’s question!! You are living such a generous series of “yes” responses to life’s challenges. Continued courage!🙏Thanks for sharing all of this, Ngoc Nguyen.
I can live a big YES to the adventure of my life by taking adventures and being more active.
My entire life has been an adventure. From youth to 66 years. From picking fruit and flowers to sheepherding and cowboying. From vegetable gardening to raising crops on a farming scale. From being single till 31 to a marriage of 35 years. From no children to two children and two grandchildren. From baptisms to funerals. From joy to despair. From sea level to the tops of 14000′ mountains. Nothing has been planned, I just have lived and continue to live the adventure of a conscious being. I am grateful for the ride so far.
Keep up your adventuresome attitude, Joseph!
As Carol often writes in her posts, I can go with the flow. That means setting aside my expectations and shoulds, and embracing, as best I can, life as it unfolds.
I don’t think of my life as an adventure, so much as I consider my life a gift. And for that gift, I am truly grateful.
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