We just got done watching the movie “Yes Man” with Jim Carrey. This movie was way better than I thought it would be. The previews had struck me as another goofey Carrey movie, but the truth is, there was a really good story line under the funny ha-ha.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a guy who’s so afraid to live that he says “No” to everything. Invites out with friends. Everyone’s loans at the bank where he works. Everything. He lives a safe predictable life where he works, goes home and watches movies, and repeats the process the next day.
Then he’s “pushed” to go to a seminar about being a “Yes” man. He’s scarred into following it and the first thing he has to do is give a homeless guy a ride to a park all the way across town, give the guy all him money (he’s not allowed to say no, remember) and the guy uses his cell phone until it’s dead. He runs out of gas, but ends up meeting a girl. The love story is kind of up front in this movie, but as a secondary story are the possabilities that life can offer you when you say “yes” even to outragous request. Not just the ones that are outside of your comfort zone, but the little ones too. Like agreeing to fill in at work on a Saturday (though I always thought that was one you weren’t allowed to say no to) or yes to going to see a band you’ve never heard of.
The truth is though, how many of us are brave enough to be yes men for even one day of our lives. Yes, to the offers in our email inbox. Yes to that annoying friend/neighbor/coworkers offer. Yes to everything. I know I’m not, but it’s something to think about.