Saying Yes to Adventure

December 17, 2013

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“Remember, you cannot be both young and wise.

Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics.
Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it.

Because cynics don’t learn anything.
Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world, because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.

Cynics always say no.

But saying ‘yes’ begins things.
Saying “yes” is how things grow.
Saying ‘yes’ leads to knowledge.
‘Yes’ is for young people.
So for as long as you have the strength to, say ‘yes.’”

Stephen Colbert

On a professional level, my best adventure started with the word “yes.”

I’m a California girl, and never wanted to live anywhere else, but when A&E asked me to move to Atlanta to open a sales office, I said “yes.” (The headshot above was for the press release.  Pretty awesome doo!!)

I thought I was agreeing to a move, and, after the Olympics, I would return to God’s country, to the 213 area code complete with In-N-Out Burgers and an occasional Sig-Alert.

What I really said “yes” to was an adventure beyond my imagination.

Nineteen years later, I’m still in Atlanta, and, as I mentioned last week, the excitement is heating up as I say “yes” to new things!

When you say “yes,” the same thing can happen to you. 

Do you look for reasons to say “no,” or do you think of ways to say “yes”?

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2 Responses to “Saying Yes to Adventure”

  1. Mark Allman Says:

    I think change is always hard because it makes us uncomfortable and pushes us into places we don’t want to go even when we know it is gonna be good for us. We have to judge a change on what it does for us not how it makes us feel.

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  2. Shauna McClure Says:

    So proud of you, my gorgeous and smarty-pants intern! So happy for you, my wise, lovely and compassionate friend. BTW – I clearly was not on board for that ‘do!

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