Just Say Yes to Yourself!
I love this poem:
God Says Yes To Me
I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And it it even okay if I don’t paragraph
Sweetcakes God said
Who knows where she picked that up
what I’m telling you is
Yes Yes Yes
- Kaylin Haught
We had a lovely New Year’s get together this year with a group of old friends I’ve known for 20 years. All the kids ran amok, delighted with an excuse to stay up till midnight while we reminisced about our carefree twenties hitch-hiking around Europe (in the days before Ryan Air made it all so cheap), working odd jobs and getting into ridiculous scrapes.
These days staying up until 4am is about as risqué as it gets for any of us! I asked around to see what sorts of resolutions people had for this coming year and these were some of the answers: ‘make more time for me’, ‘look after myself - mind, body and soul’, ‘grow more independence in the kids, find ways to encourage them to do more jobs and help out more’.
Nothing outrageous there, such simple resolutions, we are all in the same boat, looking for ways to mind ourselves in the tide of busy life. It left me wondering about the best ways I can look after myself; I’ve been doing my best to make time for yoga, meditation and for the most part, saying no when I need to.
And then there’s being kind to myself.
This year, I’ve decided I’m going to be my own well wisher, my own best support.
I’d like to stop comparing myself, judging myself and feeling I’d not doing enough.
Be kind to myself and accept myself as I am - some days focused and driven, some days scattered and tired, some days cranky, some days funny.
And then I was reminded of the poem above, I came across it some years ago in a poetry workshop, printed on a coloured card and for ages I kept it in my handbag and read it again and again. I suppose the reason I love it is because it’s really saying, I say yes to myself!
I feel relieved when I read it. I hope you get the same smile from it. As for me, I’ve decided to learn it by heart this year and say it to myself when I most need it, a bit of poetry medicine!
Siobhán Daffy runs Natural Rhythms Natural Health Practice from the wild and wonderful Dublin Mountains