Took in a movie last night with my good friend Russon. We went to see Yes Man, a recent Jim Carrey movie, about a man that discovers the power of saying "Yes" to every request put before him. There are several hilarious moments as Carl commits himself to everything that comes along, from flying lessons, to Korean language classes, to photographic jogging. There is a disturbing scene when a request is made by an elderly lady, so beware.
Along the way, Carl learns several important things. The power in saying Yes, is found in embracing new experiences. We miss out on a lot of life by saying "No" or believing that we are not good enough to accomplish something, or that we have nothing to give. On the other hand, Carl realises that you can not say yes to everything. Relationships lose their specialness and little time is left for the important things.
I have found that when you say "yes" to one thing, you are saying "no" to another. In other words, you are choosing to place the importance of one activity over another. There are many good things we need need to say "no" to so we can be great at what is really important in our lives. At the same time, we don't need to let our disbelief in ourselves limit what we choose to attempt.