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The Season of Yes!

 “What makes the desert beautiful is that it hides, somewhere, a well.”                               -Antoine de Saint Exupéry Quick...what's the first word that comes to your mind when you hear "Lent"? I bet it wasn't "Yes". The 40 days that precede Easter have typically been known as the Season of "No"; "no chocolate", "no meat", "no coffee", "no television", "no Facebook" (yes, I actually know several people who have given up Facebook for Lent). And saying "no" to things that distract one from responsibilities, that numb one to feelings, that sap life is certainly part of this season. Saying "no" can help us detach from bad habits. But if all we're doing is saying "no", we're only half way home. Because the "no" won't lead to joy, peace, and growth that lasts. "No", by itself, stops being sufficient by about age three! We are meaning-seeking people. We need to have a purpose in mind for why we do what we do, whatever it is. "What is the point of giving up coffee, dessert, meat, or the internet?" "Why am I doing this?" "Am I just following rules to follow rules?" God help us.  This is where the "yes" comes in. Happiness, true happiness, is not just about being free FROM something, it is also about being free FOR something...something more beautiful, more healthy, more loving. "YES." So the next time you find yourself saying "no", find the "yes" that is attached...and celebrate the good which you are moving toward! Question for reflection:  To affirm the goodness of life, what can you say “Yes” to today?

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