Yes. Three letters. Small, but mighty.

There is so much that is written about boundaries and saying “no.” Make no mistake, boundaries are essential. They help us to preserve and prioritize what is truly important. I’ve had to learn (the hard way) that when I didn’t set healthy boundaries, my time and energy were always usurped by others who had no problem taking…and taking…and taking…(ok, you get the picture).

However, there is a flip side to this. Saying “yes” can be a beautiful thing as well.

✈️ Recently, I was on a flight that departed in the early evening, and was settled into an aisle seat. The sun was beginning to set, so it was getting darker in the cabin. I took out my journal to write and didn’t turn on my overhead light as yet. Most of the passengers had already lowered their window shades. Then, something beautiful happened.

An elderly lady, who was sitting in the adjacent row from me, offered to keep her window shade open so I can have enough light to write.

Did you get that?

She was in a whole ‘nother row, and she offered to keep her shade open! (Yes, I wrote “whole ‘nother”).

I thanked her profusely, politely declined, and turned on my overhead light. I’m glad I did because she fell asleep shortly thereafter.

So what does that story have to do with saying yes?

Here it is: When you hear your inner voice compelling you to do something kind for someone, say yes. When you feel prompted to lighten someone’s load, say yes. When you are moved to open a door…or offer an opportunity…or right a wrong…or speak up for those who have no voice…say yes.

If you do, three things will happen:
The other person will benefit from your kindness.
You will benefit from knowing that your actions helped someone.
The other person may feel compelled to do something kind to someone else.

Takeaway: Say Yes.

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