When my husband’s cousin called us and asked if her college-age son and three of his friends could “crash” at our house for a few days because they were riding their bicycles across the country…I thought it was crazy. We have a small house, we have three young children, it was the last week of school, I just returned from a business trip and the list goes on and on…but we said yes. It’s family and we always try to do everything we can for family. The funny thing is that I had never met Jeff or any of his friends and my husband hadn’t seen him since he was a little boy. We were in for a great adventure.
The “boys” arrived and spent three days with us. First of all, let me say that these boys were thoughtful, intelligent, athletic, considerate, spiritual young men. They were gearing up for a long summer of riding their bikes from Laguna Beach, CA to Savannah, GA for a cause. They were riding for freedom (thefreedomcyclers.com) the end human slavery. We were honored to be there for the beginning of their journey. Our daughters were inspired by the fact that we opened our home and enjoyed getting to know the boys and hearing about their ride. Our son, Bob, loved having four big brothers for a few days. We thought we were going to lose him one day when we saw him in the driveway “tuning up” his bike…he said he was going with them.
Anyway, I was searching for something to watch on TV the other night when I came upon the movie, Yes Man. It is a comedy with Jim Carey (not appropriate for children.) In the movie, his character has to say “yes” to everything. It is amazing where his “yes” journey takes him. Sometimes I feel like I am saying “no” all the time (especially as a mom.) Saying yes to The Freedom Cyclers staying with us enriched our lives and the lives of our children. It was not an inconvenience, it was a blessing.
Here is my challenge for you, start with one day and just say “yes.” I promise you that you will say yes to things that you think are crazy but at the end of the day, you will be happier and richer for the experience.
Ready, set, JUST SAY YES!