A few years ago I saw Yes Man with Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel. It was as silly, goofy and funny as I thoughtit to be, but I hadn't expected it hit me in such a profound way.
The story's about a new age movement of enlightenment where you learn to say yes to your life and everything in it. The main character is a self-absorbed man who's grown accustomed to saying no . . . to everything. A friend drags him to one of these yes seminars and (because there wouldn't be a story if he didn't) the main character finds himself saying yes to everything.
And I mean everything.
In doing so, he discovers experiences and relationships he never would have encountered before--and his life is richer for it.
I came away from that movie thinking about all the things I could say yes to, things that were hard for me, a challenge. Things to which I'd always said no. Like the guy in the movie, I discovered things about myself I didn't know. Things I liked. I made friends with amazing people I'd never have taken the time to know, before.
I am a better person today because I learned to say yes more often.
Of course there're still no's--every day there are no's. But there are so many more yesses that fill my life with joy!
So if you're accustomed to saying "no" more often than not . . . try out a yes from time to time. You might just be surprised what comes your way.
Did you see Yes Man? What did you think of it?