I was reading in a devotional book the other day and the author of that day’s reading brought up something I hadn’t really considered. So often we say “yes, but” when asked to take on a project. “Yes, but” is a popular answer to questions. We think it is our responsibility to point out all the obstacles to whatever is being proposed.
How would the outcome change if instead of “yes, but” we responded “yes, and.” Both words after the “yes” are three letters long. But what a difference they make!
“Yes, and” adds to the idea being proposed. It can unleash creativity as additional avenues to a solution are explored. It can add encouragement to bolster someone lacking confidence. It moves one from being negative to being positive.
What would life be like if we lived it as “yes, and” people? What good could we accomplish?