Yes. Such a small word. Three little letters. But what an important word it is. As a writer, yes is a word I rarely hear, so when I get an email with a 'yes, we will read your MS' or 'yes, we do like your story enough to publish it', it is like a shot of adrenaline. Suddenly all those no's that have piled up in the 'rejections' folder fade into insignificance. Those three letters have power, baby!
Yes is an important word for everyone to embrace. Often when things are new and challenging, our automatic instinct is to say no. But unless we open ourselves to new experiences, we can get stuck in a rut and become staid and inflexible. I try, wherever possible to say yes. Not to the extreme that Jim Carrey did in that film Yes Man, but whenever I feel like saying no, I question it before saying the word. Am I saying no out of fear of change, or terror of being pushed outside my comfort zone? If that is the case, I will often say yes just to force myself to get outside my box.
Do you find yourself saying yes or no more often? Do you want to change that?