Sir William of Keglers and his wife, Lady Suzanne and I went to the movies the other night to see Yes Man, roughly based on the great book by Danny Wallace.
Not being much of a fiction reader, I’ve never had the opportunity to use the following line: The movie doesn’t do the book justice (I’ve always wanted to say or write that).
Still, if you really love Jim Carrey, you’ll like this. If you’re not a Carrey fan, then still give it a try. In other words, say “yes!”
The book, on the other hand, is a must-read. Danny Wallace is a man in a rut. He needed a little kick-start and a little fun. One day, a man on the bus tells him that his basic problem is that he says “no” too much. “The people without passion are the ones who always say no. Say yes more!”
So, Danny Wallace starts to say “Yes!” to everything – for a year!
The book is a tremendous and hilarious study in positivity and opportunity and a chance to do something new every moment. As Wallace learns, it’s not necessarily positive thinking that changes your life, but positive doing. It’s a lesson in grabbing odd opportunities that lead to somewhere – even if you don’t know where the somewhere is.
In the book, Wallace offers a “Yes Manifesto” to sign. Here it is:
I, ________________, being of sound mind and sound body, do hereby write this manifesto for life.
I swear I will be more open to opportunity. I swear I will live my life taking every available chance given to me. I swear I will say yes to every favor, request, suggestion, and invitation – the little things that come my way every day.
I swear that henceforth, I will say yes when once I would have said no.
I will do whatever I can to achieve YES. But people who know I’m the Yes Man are not allowed to tell other people or take advantage of my situation… This is a way of life.
Now, in the end of the book and the movie we learn that we must also use discernment in our life and say “no” to some things; however, you’ll at least be awake in the moment to consciously make your decision.
So, will you be the next Yes Knight?
Sir Bowie “trying to overcome the fear of saying 'yes' more often” of Greenbriar