Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}

There is a huge difference between the words YEAH!! and YES.

That may sound like a "no duh, Tara!", but I think sometimes we forget the important difference.  Well, at least I know I do...

YEAH!! is a celebratory word - a cheerleader, if you will.  It looks at causes, events and people and affirms what they are doing.  It conveys excitement for the movement and momentum.  

I think we all have a YEAH!!-list - organizations, causes and people that when we think of them we simply say "YEAH!!" and that makes us smile.  We are glad they are in this world doing what they are doing.  I for one, have a lot of names on my YEAH!!-list.  I like to see people doing good in the world and quite frankly, have often told people that I could be a poster child for non-profit organizations!  I have lots of friends who have causes they are deeply passionate about, have started their own organizations and/or strive everyday to make a difference in the world we live in.

And I love cheering them on!!  But I must remember that they are on my YEAH!!-list, not my YES-list.  I cannot possibly be involved in all the causes that these friends think are important, because I have my own list of "important".  And that is OK!!

While a YEAH!!-list is a cheerleader, a YES-list is a player in the game.  My YES-list is not always exciting, but on it are the things I care most deeply about and am willing to get in the game for.  A YES-list tells me what comes first in my life, what gets my attention, focus and action.  (I've written more about YES-lists here.)

But sometimes I forget the difference between the two.  While I may like to cheer people on, I am not always called to play in their game!  And when I forget this, my gifts and talents (and my passions) get scattered in various directions.  They get spent wastefully on good things, but not focused toward the most important things.

Perhaps the challenge for all of us is to figure out the difference between our own particular YEAH's and YES's....and then to center our lives to the latter list.  (And not feel guilty about the former!)
Breathe, smile and go slowly.

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