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Wednesday, July 11, 2012


It’s a word; an attitude. And it should get easier to say as we age.

Yes encompasses the American dream, representing everything we want for ourselves and the people we care about because the word suggests collaboration. It connects people, forming a bond between us; sometimes it bridges nations. Yes offers us a generosity of spirit, along with commitment, and it can change any conversation in a meaningful way.

By this time in life, we have all made hundreds of thousands of decisions, and these choices can be exhausting—both individually and collectively over time. When choosing our alternatives, it feels especially good when we can be positive. It makes us happier people when we utter this life-affirming response. When there’s a yes involved, a situation can be turned around in an instant, enabling us to feel invigorated and empowered. It can, in fact, lessen the toll that decision-making takes on us over the years.

A statement of mature values, yes strongly suggests movement toward justice, kindness, growth, and prosperity. It is an expression of enthusiasm, passion, hope, promise--and love; it can signify the beginning of a very special relationship. It is the mantra of the half-glass-full people among us who look for reasons to say yes.

But don’t sell no short. No can be the beginning of a dialogue that can eventually lead to yes.

~ Laraine Jablon

Laraine Jablon, BA, MA, is a writer specializing in social, health, and spiritual concerns of seniors. She lives in Nesconset, New York, and welcomes your thoughts.