I've been conducting a little experiment with myself in the last few weeks. It's a challenge for me because I am an introvert by nature. 'Yes' is not my default I weigh carefully how long it will take me to recover from any instances of 'putting myself out there' and whether the circumstances in my week allow time and space for that recovery
Some fantastic (and frankly fantastical) things have come out of the experiment. For example, being interviewed as a 'Badass Woman of Tucson'. I have a pretty healthy self esteem, but I never saw that coming.
As it turns out, saying yes is more than just a short term experiment for me. The truth is, even though 'yes' is not my default... when I reflect on the many adventures I had in my life, they all began because I said yes to something that was out of my comfort zone. Lately, somehow I have been a little stingy with my yes. Hence my experiment to re-open myself to all the joyful possibilities of life.
Today this video was shared in my Facebook feed by a friend. If you've got 6 minutes, I've guarantee that it will inspire and open you to the power and beauty that comes when you say yes. Let me introduce you to the girls and women of Camp Fury. This is one of the Girl Scout programs of which I am most proud. This camp is led by the elite women in public service in our community. Girls from all walks of life come together. By the end of the week, the differences between them have completely disappeared. In the video you'll see beautiful examples of saying 'yes, I can' and of sistering. Let me share two examples from when I have visited camp that left me in tears.
One sweltering day, I was sitting in the shade of a fire truck watching the girls rappel on challenge day and I became aware of a small voice above me. A girl was climbing the fire truck ladder as depicted in this video and she was saying 'I can't do this', 'I'm afraid' with every step she took. Every single step. 'I can't do it'. Step. 'I'm afraid'. Another step. Over and over. She 'I can't'ed' herself all the way out to the end of that ladder. She said yes, and she did it anyway.
And beautiful Kaylene- watch the video and you'll see her at the top of the wall preparing to rappel down. She was terrified, and she said yes. By the time she got to the bottom of the wall, all her squad mates (who had been at the top cheering her on), had run down 6 flights of steps to the bottom to receive her there. You'll see that in the video too. They completely surrounded her in a hug and they all stood there shaking and sobbing for about 4 minutes straight, never letting Kaylene go. All of them crying. And I sat there sobbing as I watched.
What in your life has been waiting for you to say yes? Won't you take a page from these inspiring girls and do it. Say yes. Say yes to yourself and open to the possibilities that all of life has to offer you. Beautiful things are meant for you. Surprising things are meant for you. Good things are meant for you. Say yes.