Have No Fear, Spring Is Here: Are You Ready to Say Yes to Life?

Two young children in dress clothes blow bubbles against backdrop of trees and bushes while parent watches and smilesDuring the months of April and May, people from around the world celebrated or will be celebrating various traditions, including Passover (Jewish), Lent/Easter (Christian), Rama Navami (Hindu), and Ramadan (Islam). Interestingly enough, in each of these practices people are asked to commemorate, to reflect, and to examine their life purpose and perspective. Regardless of whether you participate in these traditions, spring is a marvelous time to reconnect with life, to seize the moment, and to let go of debilitating fear.

If you want to kick-start your relationships and your dreams, try implementing the practice of saying yes—even to those opportunities that scare or challenge you.

It is during our most difficult times in life we often experience our greatest personal growth. Whether the impetus is a breakup from an unhealthy relationship or graduating from college, your newly acquired strength and skills can take you to exciting new heights while building your self-esteem and confidence. As time goes by, however, you may find yourself stuck from time to time. Know you are not alone. Everyone experiences this ebb and flow.

When you plateau, you don’t have to remain in neutral gear. Getting back to saying yes may help create forward movement.

Take stock of what you value and where you want to be. Revisit those dreams that may be lying dormant, yearning to blossom like the flowers of spring. We all have the ability to recommit to challenge and change. Envision your aspirations, the direction you want your life to go. As you begin to visualize the details, opportunities will present themselves.

No matter how small those opportunities may be, practice saying yes. Make it one of your healthy habits.

Often, we dismiss opportunities out of plain old fear. We see the hurdles, not the prospect for growth. It is possible, though, to remove those imaginary obstacles—one “yes” at a time.

Often, we dismiss opportunities out of plain old fear. We see the hurdles, not the prospect for growth. It is possible, though, to remove those imaginary obstacles—one “yes” at a time.

Perhaps a relationship is flailing and you don’t know why. You don’t want to see it unravel. Saying yes to spending more time with that person—be it a child, lover, friend, or parent—may help. E. E. Cummings, famous poet, painter, playwright, and essayist, wrote: “Unless you love someone, nothing else makes any sense.” Opening yourself up to love can be frightening, yet not knowing or showing love may be detrimental to your well-being.

When you allow yourself to leap into the unknown, you give yourself permission to try. “No” and “can’t” have never achieved much. Going within and recognizing your deepest desires will in turn give them permission to manifest in your life.

When your son or daughter asks if you can go outside and find bugs, consider taking the time to get off the computer and join the hunt. If your partner has repeatedly invited you to go on a hike or bike ride and out of habit you’ve responded by saying, “I’m too busy,” try saying yes to time together instead.

Naturally, for a variety of reasons, there are times we cannot say yes. All too often, however, we miss the windows and doors that have opened for us simply because we are afraid, preoccupied, or just plain stuck.

This spring, take the time to reinvest in your life, revisit those buried ambitions, and act on passions longing for a voice. Actively decide to say yes. Then, like the blossoming of wildflowers, watch as your life reawakens, unfolding like a bouquet of positive change.

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  • Sybil

    Sybil

    May 3rd, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    What an awesome article! Yes this is the perfect time reevaluate our lives and get motivated to make some changes and improvements, a spring cleaning if you will!

  • Maygan

    Maygan

    May 5th, 2017 at 7:01 AM

    I have this avoidance thing with anything that scares me in the least little bit. I don’t yet have the confidence to ace those things and know that I will be fine if and when I do.

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