“Mommy, tomorrow has to be a YES day, when you are supposed to say ‘Yes’ to everything we want to do.” The sparkle in the eyes of the eldest Wanderlust Junior was undeniable. We were sitting at the kitchen table on Valentine’s Day, having finished eating dinner, when he made the announcement.
What Wanderlust Juniors did not know was that about two years ago, I made a promise to myself to say ‘Yes’ to them more frequently, to greet them with Presence and direct my attention fully toward them. I have been doing this with ease some days, and other days are decidedly not YES days, particularly when my energy is low and I don’t feel well, or when I get caught up in the motions of the ‘to do’ lists and the surface tasks that take my attention farther away from where it’s needed most.
YES days do not only apply to parents and children. I would venture as far as to say that YES days are a necessity for everyone. I take a rest day once per week, a day without technology, when I dedicate my attention fully to myself and my loved ones. Those rest days are also my YES days, and this routine has shown me that I crave those days more and more. I carry the peace and lightheartedness of those days with me into the remainder of the week. When the pace becomes busy, in the background, I can continue to reconnect to my intention. I remember that, at the core, what matters is saying saying ‘Yes’ to more:
Our favourite food
Cat naps on the couch by the fireplace
Long walks in nature
Turning the other cheek
Time spent alone
Time spent with loved ones
Tea and coffee
Ignoring the phone
Promises that we intend to keep
Owning our story
Letting it go
Doing things at this very moment
Deciding that certain tasks can wait until later
Listening to our intuition
Loving our dearest people as they are today
To what are you saying ‘Yes’ today? Please leave a comment below.