Have you seen that film called, ‘YES MAN”, staring Jim Carrey? It was a film I used to loan out to my Mastermind Inner Circle, as whilst it was funny, it had a very uplifting message about changing your life, by saying ‘yes’ to opportunities.
Jim’s character is fed up and in a rut. He ends up at a personal development event, where he agrees to say ‘yes’ to every opportunity and every time he’s asked to do something.
As you can imagine, his entire life changes in hilarious ways, as the adventure unfolds.
This week, I’ve been staying in East Devon with my parents. And my daughter Anna is in Axminster currently on a work-away helping a family to run their holiday lets, look after their chickens etc. I popped along to see her and her boyfriend for a day and we had a lovely time visiting Lyme Regis – have you been, it’s gorgeous. Pasties and scones were a real treat. Getting back to my parents home in the evening ‘should’ only have been about 30 minutes, but it was more like an hour because of a road closure.
A few days later, she sent me a text asking me if I’d like to go to a viola concert at the church in Axminster. I thought about it… ‘Hmm… not really my thing… I have work to do… what if the road is still closed… I don’t have time… it would be nice to see her though…’ and then I remembered why I’ve chosen this ‘gypset’ lifestyle. So that I can be more spontaneous, to feel that I’m truly living my life and doing what makes me inwardly feel happy.
How many times do we let opportunities pass us by? We find ‘excuses’ not to do them. We justify with our ego driven nonsense about why we can’t do them. When really, it’s just our fear creeping in, not wanting us to go into the unknown. Keep us safe, keep us settled, keep us in our routine.
And I said ‘yes’. I have to admit, whilst the concert was beautifully performed, it wasn’t really my kind of music – but I did enjoy witnessing the occassion. I thought the church was beautiful and I felt very peaceful there. Anna and I had a lovely wander around town afterwards, then with her boyfriend Jamal, we played with the dogs, cats at her host’s property and I even did a little embroidery, which I haven’t done in years. I could have missed out on all of this ‘Good Life’. And isn’t that what we all want? A good life?
So my call to action for you, my love is to ask you to say ‘YES’ to more opportunities over the next week. Recognise, when you’re making excuses to stay small, stuck or safe – and take a chance and say ‘yes’ instead. Trust in yourself, this will be fine. Let me know how this goes! As always, I love to hear from you.
I said YES to going on a 2 day retreat this weekend, in Devon. It’s about the THREE PRINCIPLES, and led by Elsie Spittle. I hesitated about booking, my ego wanted me to justify. I said I wouldn’t go… and then I caught myself – and booked my ticket. I’ll let you know how it goes! Ha ha! We are so good at making excuses, aren’t we?
Big love and keep saying ‘yes’ and growing!
Ps. A little funny thing – the actor who plays Jim Carrey’s boss, Norm – is a comedian/actor called Rhys Darby – he once was part of a comedy night in my local town (about 15 years ago) and as we were leaving at the end of the night, my friends and I saw him walking out too. I asked him if he’d like to join us for a drink in the local pub (thinking he’d say no) – and as his train back to London wasn’t leaving for a while, he said ‘yes’! It was a lot of fun, linking his arm, walking down our high street and hanging out in the local pub. You see, you never know what opportunities can present themselves. Remember to ASK for what you want – and to say YES to what could be fun!