A month of saying YES



“HOME”…new mixed media piece*

On my walk this morning, as I pondered a dream I’d had last night, I realized that I was protecting my time…my life…too much. For a number of years, I’ve had a fear of being too involved, too scheduled, too busy, so I’ve backed away when I felt overwhelmed.

But in my dream, I had literally stepped into a class (all women students, being taught by a woman) and was delighted to be there. Each of the women in this class was very active/busy. All seemed happily engaged. I only knew one woman, and in waking life she is a very good friend and also the most scheduled person whom I’ve ever met…but I wanted to be a part of this group. I felt that I almost belonged there although my friend expressed doubt that I was ready…but she did make room for me.

Later in the dream she was telling me about another friend who had, on a whim, during a storm? bought 8 dinners of salmon and drove them 8 hours to feed her friends. As I listened to this I thought, “How wonderful. What generosity and abandon!”

So as I was walking today, the idea of “A month of saying YES” came to me. The idea is to SAY YES to whatever comes along and see what happens, write about it on the blog, share this adventure, and also invite you to come along and share your experiences as well.

Will I always say yes? I don’t know…I am going to try… for the fun of it and for the adventure of it.

I’ll keep you posted….



*Over the winter I’ve worked on some new mixed media pieces and this is one of them…they are all for sale on my artwork page. Feel free to email me if you have any questions, mmuncil33@gmail.com

17 thoughts on “A month of saying YES

  1. Mary, I just want to say what a delight to see White Feather Farm drop into my inbox and while I don’t have much to say on the concept of your posting because I’m not there, as I have said ‘yes’ to what is important to me in my life (and given my age), I do know that if I moved to a new location, saying ‘yes’ and becoming involved in my community outside my own home would be the only way to go. In giving, we receive. Ten fold.
    Sandy Proudfoot, Canada

  2. This REALLY spoke to me! My “overwhelmed” feelings started almost 21 years ago when my oldest son, Kris, was injured. For the three years that he lived, I worked, ran to visit him often in the nursing home or hospital, had a husband and another son, took care of Kris’s needs and the legal battle that ensued. I remember thinking often “I cannot handle ONE more thing.” Unfortunately, that engrained itself in my being, and I have struggled with it since. The past couple of years, I have slowly been practicing saying yes. And what normally happens is that I do have time and I do enjoy it!

  3. Have you moved then? I ask because I was so interested that moving was a frequent theme in your writing, as it has been in my thoughts. I have not moved and I honestly don’t know if that is due to fear, inertia, or sensible practicality. If you have moved (or not!) I would be interested in reading about it, your thoughts and inner process.

  4. Hi Mary!
    So good to hear from you again. Love this idea. I think you would really like this book by Michael Singer, The Surrender Experiment. It speaks to saying YES!

  5. “For the fun of it and for the adventure of it”…a wonderful approach to life and a perfect month leading into spring to say “yes!” to the world and its offerings! I love the sublplot in your dream of your friend buying 8 salmon dinners and driving 8 hours to deliver them! I looked up the spiritual significance of the number 8…represents Infinity and everything good in the universe, complete and unending abundance…a divine sign…a very meaningful dream indeed! Here’s to the power of YES! Much love to you Mary!

  6. Thank you for taking us along with you, Mary. May your adventures (or at least most of them!) bring you joy, just like your dream

  7. One of my FAVORITE authors is Michael Singer. His book – “The Surrender Experiment” is reminiscent of what you are contemplating for yourself.

  8. Hi, I love this. Have you read the Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer? He made a similar decision to say yes to what life brought him.

    Best, Estyn

  9. Sounds like The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer. If you haven’t read it grab a cooym Phenomenal!

  10. YES!
    Yes to this idea.
    Yes to sharing as well.
    Yes to generosity and abandon.
    Yes to missing our favorite Ms. Muncil….
    Invitation accepted.

  11. Hi Mary,
    So good to read your posts and see your art. There is a man in my town who has collected quite a following with his “Begin With Yes”
    philosophy. He’s written several books, has a blog… you may be interesting in adding his thoughts to your collection.
    I’m grateful for the shared wisdom you offer and will see if our library has the book so many others mentioned in their comments.
    With gratitude,
    Cindy NH

  12. I’m so glad to see your post! I will gladly join you in the experiment. I love the quote, “Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterwards.” by Tina Fey.

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