More and more we hear about the importance of saying “no”, in fact, I have written blog posts on the subject. But not today! Today is all about “YES!” There are so many important things in our lives that deserve to be told “yes!” What are they for you?
Recently my husband, John, was gone for a week on a business trip. We do not have children, so it was going to be me and my dog, Pebbles, holding down the fort for the week. The first thing I did was stop by the grocery store to pick up a bundle of fresh flowers. I came home, put them in a vase and displayed them front and center on my kitchen table. This is not something I do frequently, but it was spring and I decided to say “yes” to doing something special for myself. It is a little thing, but every time I see them, they makes me happy and for that, it was worth saying “yes” to!
In each of our lives we have people and things that are most important to us. Identifying what is most important has tremendous benefits. Yes, it reminds us of what is not important and what should not get our time, but just as importantly, our list of “most important things” directs us to what should get our time and attention.
What is most important to you? Have you ever taken the time to write them down? If not, now is a great time to start. Who is most important in your life? What activities are important to you? What values do you hold close to you? What do you want to invest your time and energy in? As you go through you week, start to think about it and start writing your list.
Once you have a good list started, another great step is to put them in their order of importance. This can be helpful when there are different “good” things competing for your time. Knowing what is MOST important will help you know what to say “yes” to.
Writing these important things down helps you, also, to really think them through too. I remember when I wrote mine down for the first time. I had no idea where to put myself. I knew I needed to take care of myself, but what did that mean? Forcing myself to write down what was most important to me, made me think about them, and over time, I slowly but surely moved myself up to a higher priority on my list. I knew I had to take care of myself in order to take care of others.
After you have written them down, keep them in your day planner or someplace you look daily. They are a great reminder of what to stay focused on when life tries to pull you off course. It also helps you come up with fun ideas like buying flowers for yourself!
There are so many things to say “yes” to, but we want to make sure we say “yes” to the BEST! Defining what BEST is, is the place to start this week!
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Here’s to saying YES to our BEST!