When I was 11 years old, I made a decision that changed my life. I don’t remember much else from that year, but I’ll never forget the day I decided to say “Yes” to my life.
When I was 11 years old, our family moved to a nearby town, which meant we started attending a different church. My mother walked with me to the Sunday School room for kids my age, and we stood outside the door looking in. The other kids were already there, and I was terrified to enter.
Suddenly, a totally unexpected thought pushed it’s way through my fear. “If I don’t go in there, life is going to pass me by. I am NOT going to spend my entire life on the outside looking in.” So, gathering every ounce of courage I had, and without looking back at my mother, I walked into the room and sat down.
That decision was the first time I consciously said “Yes!” to my life, but it certainly wasn’t the last. My shyness didn’t evaporate overnight, but it no longer ruled my life. I had to force myself to do things I was uncomfortable doing, but I didn’t let my discomfort stop me. And — no surprise — with practice, I got better at meeting new people and life got easier for me in many ways. I’m still not an extrovert, but now I truly enjoy meeting new people and engaging with them. I’m so grateful for that 11 year old girl making the decision to say “Yes!” to life.
The reason I tell this story is because sometimes people think that those they see as leaders and teachers are somehow different . . . that they don’t go through the same struggles, doubts, fears or failures as others. I still have my struggles, but I’ve learned that they don’t have to stop me from moving toward what I believe in.
So I want to encourage YOU to move ahead through your struggles, to make YES decisions in your own life, and to know that there’s nothing wrong with you when it feels hard. This is when we need each other, because others can hold the vision for us when we temporarily lose it. Others can help us believe in our own strengths and the value of saying Yes to our lives. And one of the most basic ways to say Yes to our own lives is by choosing a life-supporting lifestyle.
Choosing a vegan diet is a very significant way to say “Yes!” to life. Sometimes it’s socially uncomfortable to eat this way, and sometimes it’s inconvenient since it’s not yet the cultural norm. But if we’ve made the decision to “Just Say Yes” to our life, we’ll choose foods that support our health and allow us to live much more fully even if it is sometimes inconvenient or even uncomfortable. And the more we practice it, the easier it gets. It’s especially helpful to connect with others who are making the same life-supporting choice.
There are many ways to “Just Say Yes” to our lives. We’ll be experiencing some of them at our Yes To Life Vegan Summer Camp in Wasilla from June 21-23. Laughing and sharing with others, connecting with nature, enjoying the movement of our bodies, and preparing and eating health-supporting foods are some of the ways we’ll say “Yes!” to life at camp. The setting is beautiful, with space for activities indoors as well as a lake, trails, and picnic areas outdoors. There are many ways to be fed, and this camp experience will feed our body, mind, and spirit. I can’t wait to spend this week-end with you! (I led a Vegan Camp in the Summer of 2013).
Now it’s your turn to share below:
What are some ways you have said “Yes” to life?
I’d love it if you’d share a decision you’ve made to “Just Say Yes!”
Or is there an area where you haven’t quite decided to say “Yes” but you’re feeling pulled toward a greater experience of life?
(If you would like more support for your choice to say “yes” with your food choices,
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Another option is to take one of my nutrition & cooking classes:
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Delisa is a plant-based nutrition and cooking instructor in Alaska. She believes that we are designed to be slim and healthy.