How to use the lesson in Yes, And?
One of my favorite and most influential teacher said, “With little or no doubt I say yes.”
I not only say yes, I say “Yes, and”,
I act it out with willingness.
Willingness, moving toward desires, and wants. Moving toward being, having, acknowledging, and appreciating.
Willingness is a pathway to enthusiasm, excitement. It makes life a party, as in to participate.
To play is a willful act.
Will is a powerful name, William, Will I Am, may say it all. All I am is my will.
I use my Will to choose, it’s the vehicle from which I decide.
Willingness moves from a verb, a doing, to a noun, a way of being.
It was an epiphany when I realized that Willingness is the opposite of resistance.
Does Willingness build Will power?
Does choosing to ‘show up’ build Will power?
“Yes, and” showing up in life is a major act of Willingness. It requires putting away being right, ones’ fears, and not being attached or identified with outcome. Willingness is risking, choosing to have fun, to be creator of your own world, to be responsible, accountable, even Setting A Good Example by the grace with which Willingness manifests.
Where did I get my Willingness?
My favorite teachers were always willing to go along with my enthusiasm, and bringing excitement to the learning game. The best of them play “Yes, and.”
My coaches loved my Willingness to try ‘it’ another way.
They supported me with “Yes, and” your
way works, and try this.
My spiritual teachers were all major
players in resisting not evil.
They said to fully experience and be here and now, putting Willingness forward.
You didn’t have to believe what they said, just be willing to listen, and maybe see if it works for you.
Where would we be without will?
Perhaps humanity would be downgraded into indoctrinated servants of the most willful one, relegated like the ants in the wizardly tales of Merlin, aspirations and possibilities lost as robot like beings.
Does will ever join forces with evil?
Can it ever join with vengeance or revenge
to “get them, get even?”
Does will ever become habitual and lose its
purity or intensity?
Is the human spirit best judged by our Willingness to be the other virtues, Compassion,
Grace, Patience, Trust, Honesty, and Forgiveness?
Willing is not who I am, it is how I chose to be.
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