I know I have mentioned this movie before in a previous post, it would not be right if I didn't mention "Yes Man" in a post about the word "Yes". In the movie Carl makes a pact with himself to say yes to life by saying "yes" to any situation that he comes across. In many ways I feel like I'm very guilty of this in my work life. So many times in res life, we find ourselves signing up for more committees, working events, and taking on additional duty nights. Although this is very helpful to coworkers and it should never be taken for granted, sometimes it is good to just take some time for yourself and say "no" every once in a while.
When you keep a good yes/no balance in your life, you aren't overworked all the time, but you can also come out with a good story. Today I participated in eating a "cricket bar"! Although it was very gross and I will probably never eat cricket again, I can now say that I have had that experience. It reminds me of Barney from "How I Met Your Mother". In the show, Barney is always dragging Ted, the main character, out to do "legendary" activities. These activities range from licking the liberty bell, picking up women in odd ways, and many more crazy events! But as Ted mentions in episode 21 of season 7, every night cannot be legendary, if all nights were legendary, no nights would be legendary. Sometimes the worst days are needed in order for us to realize how special the good days are.
It makes you wonder how your Yes-No balance is working in your life. If you are saying yes to everything, you become swamped with too many items and the magic is lost. If you say no to everything, you become a shut-in and aren't very fun to be around. For this weekend, take some time to reflect on your yes-no balance. Where do you fit on this spectrum?