Written by Anthony Meindl
Life itself is an affirmative act. A continuous cycle of nature ‘just saying yes’! Yes to the will to life. Trees grow. Flowers bloom. Birds dispense plant seeds so that they continue to propagate and grow. Weeds are so committed, they poke out from cement sidewalks, where life seems inhospitable. A spider spins its web in places that are certain to be destroyed, and when it invariably happens, it simply weaves a new web.
Even in the face of destruction, nature continues to march forward. Almost as if it’s dancing to a rhythm of “yes”. No matter what the odds, nature finds a way.
But what’s up with us?
How many times a day do you say “no”? You don’t like your coffee. You hate the heat. You wish June gloom was not so gloomy. You compare and despair.
You wish you had his biceps, her boobs, this agent, that TV show and then everything would be great.
How many times do you say “no” without even realizing it? Every time you complain. Every time you whine. Every time you gossip. Every time you doubt. Every time you expect something to be other than it is. And yes, every time you actually say “no” to things.
Saying “no” shuts out possibility. Saying “no” leaves us zero access to potential. Saying “no” is a closed system. Saying “no” is not a connective force. Saying “no” is separatism. Saying “no” is simply unchecked habituated thinking. Saying “no” runs counter to our natural state of being. Saying “no” limits our ability to be the creative geniuses we are.
Saying “no” prohibits access to the unknown which is where the creative matrix – all possibility – exists. Saying “no” shuts your door.
So say “yes” this week. See how it improves your life. Your attitude. Your mood. Watch how things start rushing into your experience simply because you’ve finally opened the door.
All it takes is saying “yes.”
“Yes is a world and in this world of yes live (skillfully curled) all worlds.” – e.e. cummings
Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, producer, director and actor whose first feature screenplay, THE WONDER GIRLS, was the Grand Prize Winning Feature Screenplay in the Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition in 2007. Prior to this accomplishment, Meindl was responsible for the production of an array of award-winning projects. His background in acting, training, and performance has afforded him the opportunity to create what has become a thriving artist community in Los Angeles.