Being Able to Say Yes

We could have made plans to travel more without selling all of our stuff.

I could have continued to work for someone else, maybe even made more money doing sales for a big company that offered benefits and vacation days.

But we decided to unload. The stuff, the responsibilities, the weight. We decided to get rid of as much as we could, and it had nothing to do with wanting to take one really great vacation.

It was about being able to say, “yes.”

If someone calls and offers me a place to stay in Paris for a month, I want to be able to say, “yes! How soon can we come?”

That hypothetical opportunity has been my guide as I work to make us less rooted, less secure. No, no one has offered me a home in Paris for a month. No, I don’t know anyone who lives in Paris. But wouldn’t it be a damn shame if someone did make that offer, and we had to turn it down?

No, because I have to work.

No, because the kids have school.

No, because we have consumer debt to pay off.

No, because we have the house and cars and lawn and mountains of stuff that need to be maintained.

If someone invites my family and I to Paris, I want to be able to say yes.

I know that sounds crazy, but I also know that it’s not.

I’m in a Hyatt in Seattle right now. I was invited out here by Nintendo as part of their Brand Ambassador program (this is NOT a sponsored post). They wanted to pay for my air fare, pay for my hotel, buy me drinks and dinner, and give me about 48 hours to spend with really great people in a really cool city I’ve never been to before.

And I said yes.

I don’t know exactly what opportunities life is preparing for me, but I know they are out there. My job, I think, is not to guess and worry and plot about what those opportunities may be.

My job, I believe, is just to make sure I’m ready.

Would you be ready to say yes?

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