Upon the arrival of a new year
like always, I pondered
goals and hopes and dreams,
settling on one: saying yes.
My life has tumbled forward
from affirmative to affirmative,
becoming ever more abundant,
Try it today: one can start small.
Mulling over sandwich choices,
choose the one with the ingredients
you’ve never splurged on, letting
them linger on your tongue,
inviting in a yes for more adventure…
to the weekend invite,
to the coffee date with the unlikely candidate,
to the more challenging morning run,
to the book that’s been sitting on your shelf,
awaiting a reader.
Say yes to a stranger’s smile.
Say yes to kindness,
extending a long-overdue forgiveness, perhaps,
or pausing before reacting
Say yes to the challenging yoga pose,
the intimidating work project,
that journal you’ve been meaning to write in.
Say yes, too, to allowing yourself the option
of turning any of those things down,
surrendering to what your body and soul need most.
At the close of the day,
say yes to accepting whatever happened,
to even the moments you faltered, or disappointed yourself,
letting go of these tiny details as if sifting
through soft grains of sand.
Say yes to stillness.
Say yes to rest.
Learning to say Yes after a Lifetime of No.
Author: Keeley Milne
Image: Author’s own.
Editors: Yoli Ramazzina; Caitlin Oriel
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