I wrote a post the other day inspired by Dave Cornthwaite’s message to ‘say yes more’.
It’s something I’m really thinking about a lot at the moment.
I’m quite a cautious person, and my natural immediate response to things outside of my comfort zone is to say ‘no’. Which makes me quite sad. As I get older I’m getting much more aware of the power of pushing out of that comfort zone and saying ‘yes’ to things.
And I really want my children to grow up with an awareness of how exciting and wonderful like can be if you say yes more.
These are the big things I want my children to say yes to:
I don’t want my children to be afraid of trying new things and visiting new places. I want them to say yes to new experiences, to be open to the idea that, yes, there’s a possibility they might not like it but there’s an equal possibility that they’ll absolutely love it!
I’m all for my children having a close little group of friends, I think it’s incredibly important for them to have people outside of the family that they can talk to and confide in. But I don’t want them to limit their social interactions to their existing friends.
You never know what impact a person can have on your life; I want my children to be open to letting new people in.
This is a tricky one I know, but I really hope for my children that they can embrace the possibility of failure.
I want them to know that they don’t have to win everything, that it’s really ok if they fail at something. A lot of the times that you learn the most about life and yourself is when you fail at something.
Being true to themselves
I know that it’s really hard when you’re a kid (and then a teenager) and you so badly just want to fit in, but I really want my children to say yes to being true to who they are.
I want them to own their quirks and embrace what makes them them.
When it comes their way I want my children to say a huge ‘yes’ to love.
I want them to love with their whole hearts, openly and completely. Yes they risk getting hurt that way, but it’s the only way to really love isn’t it? Have a read of this quote that I wrote about recently – it sums up what I want to tell my children about love.
What things would you wish for your children to say a big ‘yes’ to?