“We have to say yes. Even when it’s scary or costly or unknown. We don’t screw up by saying yes to the wrong things; we screw up by letting all the floats in the parade pass us by and never jumping on one of them for a ride to the end.” – Let’s All Be Brave (Annie Downs)
“Yes.” It is a word with so much power. It can change the course of your life. It can provide new opportunities. It can make you more of a positive person. Granted, being too much of a “yes” person can also wear you down…but I want to focus on the positive.
When I look back on my life, I am thankful for the times I said, “yes.” Throughout my young life, I learned that saying yes would lead me down a path of a life better than I could have imagined. “Yes” built a foundation to pursue dreams and opportunities that should have been impossible for a girl from my neighborhood. I learned quickly that I not only needed to say “yes” to opportunities that came my way, but also I had to say “yes” to hard work. “Yes” has given me the courage to take jumps into the unknown over and over again. Without “yes” I might not be experiencing so many full-circle moments.
As hurts and disappointments have come along in my life, “yes” gets harder. The temptation to shrink away from “jumping on the float” or staying on the float until the end can be great. Sometimes it seems safer to stay on the street and watch the parade pass me by. Or to jump off one float to get on a safer float.
I desire to have people to think of me as brave. I want to have the bravery to have faith that even the times of “unknown” are times of preparation. I’m learning that it takes great amounts of courage to stay in the preparation time instead of jumping off and taking a safer path. It takes bravery to understand that you have a purpose on this earth that your uniqueness is perfectly suited for.
Each day, we all make choices to be brave. Some big. Some small. The small yeses lead to bigger ones.
What do you need to have an extra dose of bravery for today?