I learned a lot about myself in this experiment. First, I learned that I often say no out of convenience.
When Hayden asked to go to the park (which we were driving right by), my first reaction was no. Not because we didn't have time, but because it was overcast and looked like rain. I didn't "feel" like hauling the kids out and then chancing that we might all get wet and I'd have to wrestle them back into the car.
When Hayden asked to eat inside the restaurant instead of running through the drive-thru, my first reaction was no. I didn't want to deal with waiting in line and handling trays with two small kids.
In both cases, I corrected my "instant no" to a "yes" and we had quite an enjoyable afternoon that would have been missed because of my own laziness.
How many other opportunities am I missing out on because of my resistance to the unknown? Sure, it could have rained - but it only sprinkled. Eating in the restaurant could have been a nightmare, but it wasn't. Am I willing to take the risk or do I choose to do nothing because of the difficulties that might arise?
Second, I learned that I often say no without really thinking over the decision. My first reaction is always no. I'm not sure I like that. I caught myself saying no without hesitation all day. Most conversations that day went like this:
Hayden: Can we do X?
Me: No. I mean, umm, yes.
Before I even realized I'd said no, it was already out of my mouth! I think I am passing up great opportunities left and right because I have been a "No" person.
I don't want to be a "No" person. So this week I've been a Yes person - and that has made all the difference.
Yes, we can play at the park.
Yes, I will have a lunch date out with a friend.
Yes, I will learn to hoop.
Yes, I will learn to quilt.
Yes, we will plant a garden.