By Amy K. Andrews
As you might assume, dear reader, I must continue with an affirmative stance on making your voice heard this week. But today, I want to encourage you to say yes. There are many things in life — family activities, our jobs, our workouts — that we often forget to say ‘yes’ to because we are so busy complaining about the not-so-fun aspects of said activities. I am reticent to use the old adage that reminds us we are lucky to have a job at all, or bodies that are healthy and can move… but it’s true. (Crystal goes into detail on this one, here.) This week, let’s focus on how saying ‘yes’ to the many things in life that sometimes lose their luster, can help change our attitude toward the positive.
Here are my five for Friday:
I am happily saying yes to cooking for others. I love to cook, and I absolutely adore making food for my wife, our friends, or our family. But every so often, I focus too much on the mess it creates in the kitchen instead of the joy it creates around our dinner table. This week, I had the opportunity to cook for a family whose matriarch is facing cancer. This simple act alone brought about a great deal of perspective, and reminded me of how fortunate I am to be healthy enough to cook for myself and others. I love buying groceries, cooking healthy dishes, and eating yummy food in the comfort of our home. I vow to say yes to sharing my enthusiasm, while letting go of worrying about the clean-up.
I am happily saying yes to my health. This continues in the same vein as number one. I often have to repeat this mantra to myself when a craving strikes, like when driving past the frozen yogurt shop in our neighborhood. Yes to health, yes to health, yes to health. And you know what? It works. Reminding myself that I have chosen to say yes to my health puts a very positive spin on temptations that sometimes can be challenging.
I am happily saying yes to back-to-school. More on this next week, dear reader, but suffice it to say, I am getting out my notebooks and sharpening my pencils for the school year ahead. September always presents us with the opportunity to recalibrate, much like New Year’s Day, and I am grateful to get on the bus and go to class.
I am happily saying yes to helping others be healthy. I love this one, and am so happy that my daily job as a Pilates instructor allows me the opportunity to help people feel better every single day. I am committing my focused attention to their exercise, and giving thanks for the exhaustion at the end of the day; I am so happy to rest my head knowing that I helped others to lead a longer, healthier, more active life.
I am happily saying yes to attention to detail. This one is about the little things, like thank you notes that are sent via U.S. Post, providing our sick cat with a hypoallergenic diet, or rubbing my wife’s feet. All of these little things sometimes get lost in the shuffle when life gets so busy, but it really is the little stuff that makes a lasting impression and has the greatest impact.
If you need more help, check out Crystal’s Dos and Don’ts of Learning to Say ‘Yes’. And then, let us know what you are saying ‘yes’ to this week. We would love to hear more…
Amy is a woman of wellness, a writer, and the winner of Seattle’s Ultimate Housewife contest. As a liberated Texan, she has lived on both coasts, and on the high streets of London. Most days you can find her teaching Pilates to her beloved clients, editing her memoir, An Expat’s Wife, swiffering her home, or writing thank-you notes. At this very moment she is undoubtedly cuddling with her wife and cat.