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“Even if it’s a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means that you will do something new, meet someone new and make a difference in your – and likely in others’ lives as well. Yes is what keeps us all young. It’s a tiny word that can do big things. Say it often.” – Eric Schmidt

I love the video above that I watched last week. I can’t remember exactly what I was searching for at the time but I’m glad that I stumbled across such an inspiring short clip. For a while I’ve been interested in reading Shonda Rhimes’ book, ‘Year of Yes’, but haven’t got to it yet. Thinking about the power of yes and the taking on of a ’24 Hours of YES Challenge’ reminded me of why her book piqued my interest when I watched her TED Talk many months ago.

“Saying “yes” doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying “please” doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission.” – Amy Poehler

Being open to and excited by ‘YES’ doesn’t mean there isn’t room for no. This is where mindfulness comes in. As we gain greater clarity around what’s most important to us, and purposefully and non judgementally engage in the present moment, we can create the space in our lives for enthusiastic yes’s and compassionate no’s. This is our journeys of choosing kind for me, with you, so we can experience connecting us.

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” – Anne Sexton

I wonder what opportunities to deepen connection to self, others or the world around you would be available within a ’24 Hours of YES Challenge’?

“As much as you can in your life, say yes.” – Mary Carillo

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