The oldest and shortest words are ‘yes’ and ‘no’—are those which require most thought. Pythagoras.
I wrote about us saying ‘No’ many times in the day, and I have understood that saying yes, I feel much happier. Why is that?
When one is giving or working, one is doing it unconditionally. There is no idea of being rewarded. One is thinking about the other person. By agreeing to perform a task, one is serving and doing it with genuineness. See for yourself. When you agree to do some work, you feel responding with a negative answer only leads to a taste of bitterness in one’s mouth.
How do we accomplish the art of saying ‘yes’?
Selfless service can be done according to one’s ability and station in life. A lawyer can do pro bono cases. A teacher can give free tuition to needy students. A doctor can treat the poor free of charge. Serve everyone with love and bhava. Kindness is the cheapest of all things. Start with a kind look, a kind word, a kind act, a smile and see the difference in your outlook and the effect on the person. Keep in mind that we are serving others and not pleasing ourselves.
Just start by saying ‘yes’ to your loved ones, friends, and outsiders. You will develop the faculty of Daksha (expert awareness) which will enable you to decide a right line of action, when you are in a dilemma.
Aim Hrim Klim