I called my friend Gill at 10 am this morning. “Gill I’m calling you back. What’s up?”
“We’re going to climb Pikes Peak today. You should join us Aaron.”
Pause; remind myself that the lists of excuses for saying “No” are not that important or urgent or necessary. “YES. I’ll be there in an hour”.
Movies are extremely helpful in telling parable stories through the lives of someone else. The two movies that reframed my beliefs about risking saying “YES” more often are The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Yes Man. These are must see films if you think you might be prone to using the words like,
Ahhh, I really need to….
Well it’s been a long time since I….
You know my (person) really was expecting me to…
Keep me in mind for next time….
Give me a heads up next time and I’ll be able to plan better.