My husband Bill and I recently visited my sister and brother-in-law in Florida. We had a wonderful time. We played cards, went for walks, visited a local winery and museum, ate excellent food, and talked, talked, talked.
In the evening our activity of choice was binge-watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Grace and Frankie.
In one episode of Grace and Frankie, the two main characters, played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, had a “say yes” night.
A “say yes” night is just what it sounds like. Each woman had to say “yes” to whatever the other suggested.
I am still thinking about that premise.
Oh, I know we cannot commit to saying “yes” to everything our friends suggest. Knowing my friends, that might get me into real trouble.
But what if we were just a little more willing to say “yes” to our life?
What would happen if we could be more accepting of our own weaknesses and frailties? If we could let go of the pursuit of perfection? If we could bounce back seamlessly from discouragement?
What if we could stop comparing ourselves to others only to find we are lacking in some way? If we could replace cynicism with optimism and mistrust with faith?
What if we could embrace our messy, turbulent, hectic, imperfect lives and learn to appreciate the myriad possibilities before us?
What if we could love unconditionally the very life we are living right now? If we could look forward to each day and every challenge with eagerness and joy? If we could be bold and brave, choosing adventures more and complaining less?
I think it would be liberating. I believe we would feel like a huge weight was lifted from our shoulders. We would be filled with light and hope and energy.
When we forget the concept of what we think life should be like, we are free to say “yes” to our own imperfect, beautiful, crazy, real life.
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ…was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him, it has always been “Yes.” 2 Corinthians 1:19
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