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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Yes, I can do that...

Does your mouth ever say "yes" to the question, "Who can help with this?" when your brain is telling it to say "no"? I don't know what is going on but a lot of people that I am close to are doing so a lot within the past few weeks. I am too. Now, don't take that the wrong way if I have recently answered "yes" to you because it is kind of hard to explain...or maybe it isn't.

I think that sometimes our brains try to talk us out of things. Maybe because we are afraid of change, failing or making a complete fool of ourselves. Who wants to run the bake sale at school when the most they know about baking cookies is cutting the roll of already made cookie dough, throwing it on a cookie sheet and baking at 350 degrees for 15 mins?! (Yes, I have done this...more than I should admit.) Who wants to run the garden clean up at the common space in your neighborhood when you don't know the difference between a true plant and a weed?! Who wants to help at the preschool when you feel like you can't keep your own toddler under control, let alone 9 others that don't belong to you?!

It all seems a bit daunting at times when people ask things of us that we aren't sure we are capable of doing. But, I think that our mouths are actually trying to help us out. They are trying to get us to come out of our shells...to see and do more. Our mouths are what make us take that leap of faith when our brains are telling us no.

In the past few weeks, my mouth has said "yes" for me several times and I haven't regretted it one bit and neither have my friends who are in the same "yes" boat. We have signed on to do all kinds of different things. Some of those things we have done before but didn't think we would do again. Some of them are completely out of our element. But all of them have been to help someone or something out and we wouldn't take back our "yes" replies if you gave us another chance....because nothing feels better than helping.

What is the last thing you did to help someone out when your brain said "no" but your mouth said "yes"?

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At September 15, 2011 at 8:04 AM , Blogger Jon said...

My first thought is of the exhibit I helped design and set up at the medical library. It seemed like nothing but extra, free work and time commitment, but I kept telling myself that spreading the word is important and maybe someone will be enlightened in the process. Seeing my family's reactions definitely made it worth it.

 
At September 15, 2011 at 9:36 AM , Blogger cyndi said...

"yes" is not easy - but "no" is so very hard!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I could remember, at my age my brain doesn't seem 2 b connected 2 anything. It seems my yeses r really the things that make me happy. Like u l.'ll keep saying yes! Mom

 

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