i had a really wonderful, inspiring, and three hour long conversation with a friend last night about one of my favorite words. for those of you that know me, you will be surprised to learn that this word is not something inherited straight from the mouth of a dirty old sailor. so shocking, right? (i still stand my ground on the point that every now and then a choice four letter word is really the best punctuation you can add to a sentence. but more on that some other time).
the word we were talking about is *#%.
she asked about my adoption journey and how i came to say yes to it in the first place. we spent a good amount of our time together recounting the timeline of my story and where that first big yes took it's first big breath. how i got involved with the raining season, when i first met gerald and geraldine, when josh showed up (and why on earth didn't he take off running the other direction screaming and waving his hands in the air like any normal person would do?), how mohamed and mamie came to join our family... things of that nature. all of it came back to that first yes.
which got me thinking...
i can't be the only one out there that has said it. everybody's got a yes, whether it's in front of them or on it's way. everybody's got one.
some people are looking for it.
some people are heading toward it.
some people are staring it in the face and telling it no.
some people just said it.
some people said it to the wrong thing.
some people have said it and are burned out from all of the yeses that have followed.
i want to talk about it. all of it. whether we like it or not, we are a yes generation. we are being asked to say it so let's look at what that means. or we could just sit around waiting for the real adventure in life to find us and twiddle our thumbs for a decade while, obviously, singing amy grant's 'oh how the years go by' because she's amy flippin' grant and her work should be celebrated so what else would you be singing while you have all of that time on your hands?
do me a favor. think about your yes. if you don't have it yet, start asking yourself questions to help you find it. here's a starting point... if you could do anything, and i mean anything, with your time on earth what would it be?
think it over. then come back tomorrow. let's talk more about this.
editor's note: don't say yes to drugs. that's all. well, or maybe manslaughter...