How Hairstyles Lead to Crab Fishing
No, this isn’t an endless Google-search rabbit hole. (Although it could be — can anyone discover a link of six degrees from donating hair to crabbing?!? Bonus points if you can work in Kevin Bacon. Please share it in the comments!)
It is a discovery of how Life opens up when you begin to say Yes.
In stepping away from my decades-long tried-and-true hairstyle by donating my hair, I changed its style completely. I said Yes to letting go of safety that had become stagnant. I love my kicky new do, and I feel fabulous!
When I visited my brother on the Pacific Coast, he offered to take me crab fishing on his boat. I said Yes to being held in an experience that was utterly foreign to me. I loved allowing myself to relax and immerse, and our fresh-caught dinner was divine!
When you say Yes to the Universe, you say Yes to yourself.
But be warned, this doesn’t mean you say Yes to everything. Still do a gut-check and/or a heart-check; it’s your brain that will either talk you into or out of the deal. I recently learned this with my eyebrow experience:
I was offered the gift of an eyebrow treatment while receiving another service. (Professional eyebrow care is not something I had ever considered before — clearly.)
In hindsight, my gut and my heart were not too thrilled about an in-the-moment eyebrow waxing and tinting. But my brain was so loud, and it knew the buttons to push.
- “What a kind and generous offer! You wouldn’t want to offend by declining.”
- “You said you wanted to learn to receive, right?”
- “You know, you could be more spontaneous.”
- “Didn’t you tell yourself that you are open to new experiences? Well?”
So I accepted the gift. And although my finished eyebrows were beautiful, I couldn’t see that. I only felt like I had tried too hard, and became incredibly less Me.
I know: eyebrows, right?!?
The thing is, in hearing only my brain I missed discernment. It’s not about my eyebrows. It’s not even about our shoulds, receiving, spontaneity, or any other buttons we may have created for ourselves to push.
It’s about saying Yes with discernment. With authenticity. With personal truth.
So how do you know when your Yes is the right Yes, a Yes to yourself? When you’re responding and opening rather than pushing and proving?
I can’t tell you that.
But your gut and your heart will.
Now to you: what have you said Yes to lately? Share in the comments below..