Oftentimes when something bad happens in our lives, we are tempted to shut down. Sometimes that “shut-down impulse” is necessary for our survival; we shut out the world to protect ourselves. However, it’s important to realize we won’t be able to heal, learn, or grow saying “No” to life’s opportunities and challenges.

There are a lot of different ways to say “No,” and to attempt to shut down or stop what’s happening in our lives.

Every day, we make excuses not to do things like, “Now’s not a good time,” “It’s not my thing,” or “I don’t need the stress.”

Saying “Yes” means knowing that you are bigger and badder than any circumstance that can come your way.

After the traumatic event that started my previously unplanned career in resilience, I built walls between me and the outside world. I didn’t trust other people; I didn’t even want to talk to them. I wish I knew then that walls keep out good things as well as the bad.

When we say “No,” we’re not just protecting ourselves; we’re missing out on all the risks and rewards that make life worth living. Saying “Yes” is a huge part of the healing process. Without walls, without shutting down, we’re open to so many wonderful things to love about life.

What are you missing out on, by saying “No” to life? What exciting new experiences, good friends, true loves, and chances at happiness are you willing to meet with a resounding “YES!”?

Today’s video is about choosing to overcome the s*** life puts us through, dusting ourselves off, and accepting rather than fighting the future by saying “Yes!” to all the things that life hands us. It can be difficult, but trust me: living a full life is always worth it.

Once you watch the video, I’d love to hear from you. I encourage you to share your personal experiences saying “Yes” or “No” to life in the comments section below. Is there a time you should’ve said “Yes” instead of “No,” or vice versa? What good has come about from your saying “Yes”?

Resolve not to let bad experiences get in the way of your future happiness. Say “Yes!” to life, whatever it brings. Sure, it’s easier said than done, but it beats the heck out of the alternative. What do you think? Let me hear from you in the comments section!

Remember that you are bigger than anything life can hand you. You got this.

Cheryl

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