Do ever let fear say yes in your life? Do you yearn to leave it behind, and live in a wider, warmer, more passionate way?
I do too.
But for a long time, I didn’t know how.
I yearned for something. Success, acceptance, people to love me and think I was worthwhile, connection to God. I felt, always, I should be better: a better Christian, wife, daughter, student, writer, mother. I felt anxious and empty when I didn’t live up to my expectations. I felt worse when I didn’t live up to others’.
Lately, I’ve started turning my energy towards a different kind of pursuit: saying yes in a small way. Instead of wanting to succeed, now I’m just trying to start.
I’m trying something new.
I’m taking a baby step.
I’m learning from others.
I’m facing a fear.
I’m taking a risk.
I’m saying a little yes.
I want you to find what gives you joy, too. I want you to say yes to it. Not in a way that frightens you. Just in a tiny way, a lean forward, a slight tilt of the head.
I have this sneaking suspicion that by starting small, starting with joy and gentleness, we can change the way we see the world. We can change how we create things, treat others, parent. I have a secret hope: that by saying little yesses, we can do good in this world.
Won’t you say yes with me?
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