Begin with Yes

Check out this blog post. What a wonderful way to approach life. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said “No” to my kids because I was so anxious to get the house cleaned or was absorbed in a book. Fast forward 15 years, and it’s all a fast blur, and I have the nagging sensation that I’ve squandered time and missed something – even though I stayed home with the kids! This is especially felt when I see young families with their babies and toddlers. Oh, by the way, my house got messy again and there is always another book to read. What was it all for?

A quest for an extraordinary life

Begin with Yes

In my wanderings on Amazon, I came across a book by Paul Boyton titled “Begin with Yes”.

This triggered a memory of an experience I had years ago.

It was a classic busy day Saturday. I was running errands, working on the garden, home projects, doing some paperwork, etc.

Later that evening, seeing an opportunity for some quiet relaxation time, I flopped down on the couch with a snack and a nice glass of red wine.

Immediately after I settled in, my son came up to me excited.

“Dad!”, he exclaimed, “Do you want to play ____ with me?!”

I don’t remember now exactly what the question was. Basically he asked me to have some fun with him.

“Not right now son. Maybe later. ” I quickly responded.

A look briefly flashed across his face. It was so fast I could have easily missed it.

But I didn’t.

The look…

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