Monday, March 19, 2012

On, In, and Around Mondays: Say Yes

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"The heart-stopping act of saying yes."

I still remember those words from The Soul Tells a Story. They seem apt for a weekend when I talked about saying no as a path to the soul.

Sometimes the small yes's are all we can say while we are otherwise saying no. I think that's okay. It is a positive step while we are, somehow, otherwise motionless.

Now I am thinking of a Thomas Lux poem which ends...

these things
would be delirious
desiring — say yes — to touch

any part of you, and glad, a fire-fed-
with-solid-oxygen glad — say yes — to be, in turn,
touched by you

And I am thinking of the small yes's I said to beautiful natural things, just with my time and my camera, over the past two days...

Were these things made delirious by my presence? Who knows. But I felt delirious to be touched—oh yes—by them.

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Anonymous kd sullivan said...

And dear I am touched - oh yes! - by your words...

9:28 AM  
Blogger Joe Pote said...

"Say Yes!"

I love it. Simple, profound, beautiful.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Shanda said...

Sometimes when I feel depressed, I head outside with my camera. I never fail to find things I normally would never see. And my heart is lifted.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what softness spring wears in her dance with winter.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Megan Willome said...

I like how you paired this with your post on saying no. I think the reason we say no over here is so we can say yes over there. All no or all yes is destructive. A little of each is like a good meal.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Kim Hyland said...

Makes me think of the "no's" and "yes's" I need to say. Thank you

1:05 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

I have spent years trying to develop the courage to say no. I forget sometimes it takes just as much courage to say yes.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Laurie Collett said...

Thank you for the gorgeous post and photos1
God bless,

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Sandra Heska King said...

Uh oh. Yet another book I need.

And I feel delirious when touched by the simple.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Dolly@ Soul Stops said...

The Whyte quote you closed with in your other blog post really resonated with me. What will appear on the outside begins in our interior...and to guard that budding life in our souls... thank you :)

5:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh! I just found your blog and link-up! So wonderfully written. Thank you for sharing. :) I'm so glad I linked up near you on the Multitudes on Mondays Link-Up. :) I host an additional Monday Link-Up for encouragement to sort of "sister" Ann's.

Stop by anytime, and I look forward now to reading more from yours! :)

Blessings with love,

11:04 PM  
Blogger Duane Scott said...

You are so talented, Miss Barkat.

Love everything about this post.. especially that first photo.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Megan Willome said...

So can I delete my previous bold comment? I just got an offer that would require a great big Yes. I feel "the heart-stopping act of saying yes."

10:42 AM  
Blogger Lisa notes... said...

Say yes. Say yes. Say yes.

Preaching to myself, through you. Thank you.

11:27 AM  

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