Today I sat down with my family and watched a movie. Not necessarily a movie that I would recommend but it had a couple funny moments, some weird moments, and some “I wish I found the remote a little quicker so my 13 year old daughter wouldn’t see it” moments.
You may have heard of the little known actor, Jim Carrey. Okay, huge actor with amazing talent! The movie Yes Man did not leave me on the edge of my seat wanting more, but something resonated with me.
As depicted by the title, Carrey’s role eventually turns into a “yes” man ~ he says yes to every opportunity that comes his direction. Before meeting an interesting teacher, the character generally said “no” to everything and in turn led a pretty miserable existence.
I realized very quickly that part of the reason I didn’t like the character in the beginning was because I mirrored that character in some ways! I was quick to say no to opportunities, quick to have an answer to something without even hearing entirely. I was quick to duck out when something uncomfortable was coming my way.
As I get deeper and deeper into my journey of realizing who is it that I am meant to become, I find myself uncovering more opportunities. When the real depths of my journey began, I was still learning what this new found me feels like so I was careful and guarded. A couple weeks back I realized that I hadn’t been completely open and true to myself because I wasn’t allowing myself to believe that opportunities would continue presenting to me. I started to sabotage myself without even realizing it. I would find myself creating other tasks to complete that would cause me to not make follow up calls or step out and make connections that I wanted to.
But then, the character turned into a “yes” man and I mirrored that person, too! How can that be?!
I realized that after making that connection a couple weeks ago, I HAVE been opening up more to opportunities. I have been making my calls. I even told myself last week that I am going to listen for all of the opportunities and greatness that comes my way. I am deserving of the goodness in my life! I am standing up and saying a big, hearty YES!
I say YES to life. I say YES to opportunity. I say YES to myself!
It has taken me 33 years to realize that saying YES is safe. Saying yes doesn’t mean that I jump in with two feet and don’t look back. Saying yes means that I will say yes to hearing more, learning more, understanding, and appreciating.
Saying yes means being present in my life and being a leader in my life.
I stand and say a big, hearty YES to POSSIBILITY!