Ever had a day where you feel as if all you do is say “no” – and that may or may not be followed by an exclamation point? I have. Picture a high school classroom. (Of course what I’m saying may or may not be what I’m thinking . . .)
“No, you can’t do the test with your book open.” Wrong book anyway.
“No, you can’t go to the nurse for your mosquito bite.” Or your achy pinky or your split ends.
“No, you can’t text your essay.” And please don’t hand-write it!
“No, I won’t friend you on Facebook.” (:/)
“No, you can’t go to the bathroom again.” Two year olds don’t go that much.
“No, you can’t do your test with a partner.” As if it would ever get done.
“No, I will not tell your boyfriend he’s a jerk for breaking up with you.” He was a jerk before he broke up with you.
“No, there will not be an extension on your homework.” Nope.
“No, I have not graded the essay you finished ten minutes ago.” You hand-wrote it. So next week. Maybe.
“No, I do not believe you have to keep kicking your chair in order to focus.” Or playing with that infernal fidget-spinner thing or tearing up little pieces of paper . . .
“No, I do not want to know who your mother is dating.” I really, really don’t.
How about at home? Ever say “no” there?
“Hello? No – thank you. I do not want to contribute to a fund to save endangered stink bugs.”
“No, I don’t really recommend that you rely on the Cleaning Fairy to get that room cleaned.”
“No, you can’t use the car to take your six friends to the party at Johnny’s house. In fact, nix the party at Johnny’s house.”
“No, you can’t skip your shower today.”
“Hello? No, I don’t care to contribute to a ‘Block the Highway’ protest on Interstate 81.” (pause) “I know I’m mean.”
“No, I really don’t feel like petting a teenage mountain lion at the zoo today.”
Some days when I find myself stamping “no” onto every request that comes my way, I end up feeling like the wicked Witch of the West. Not a sweet feeling. So – a few days ago, I decided to “yes” as many requests as possible . . .
“Yes! I’ll donate to save the poor endangered stink bug! Do you take Monopoly money?”
“Yeah, skip the shower. Once a week is fine.”
“Of course you can do the test with a partner. Maybe they’ll let you do that on your Regents exams, too.”
“Certainly you can go to the bathroom again. And get a drink. And go to your locker. Say hello to the nurse for me. And of course I’ll be happy to repeat everything you miss while you’re gone.”
“Need an extension on your homework? Just let me know when you think you might get to it.”
“Try not to kick the table too loudly.”
“Why not wait for the Cleaning Fairy to do your room? It doesn’t smell that bad.”
“Really?? Mom is dating him??”
When my little experiment was finished, I actually felt better, more positive, more like a really good person. I actually felt like – well, the ice cream man or the accountant who finds you the big tax refund or the Home and Careers teacher who lets you bake cupcakes all day. It felt great! I could even identify with the happy change in old Ebenezer after his little date with the Nativity ghosts. And the best part was hearing people say “thank you” instead of “I’ll just die and it’ll all be your fault if I don’t get to … go on Spring Break with 62 of my best friends” or “borrow your brand new shiny IPhone because I shattered mine” or “copy my research paper off Wikipedia!!”
So my recommendation is that you try it – have a “yes” day! Say “yes” to as many requests as you possibly can in one 24-hour period. You’ll make untold numbers of people happy, you’ll feel better about your contribution to society, and who knows? You may even go down in history as a really memorable person! How great is that?
Disclaimer: We do not recommend, nor will we be liable for, any consequence technically deemed a Class A felony as a result of any “yes” statements made during the said 24-hour period. This includes signing any contracts or co-signing any loans, as well as filing for any marriage licenses and/or divorce papers. In addition, it is not recommended that anyone agree to any dares, including but not limited to clothing, beverages, road trips or the random provoking of grizzly bears, law enforcement officers or women on diets. Other than that, enjoy your “yes” day.
It could be life-changing.