Recently, I noticed that when I hear unwelcome news I say one thing – “Oh NO!” Whenever I say it, I feel the resistance to whatever I’m hearing, the clench against what is happening. Since then, I’ve been playing with saying Yes. It might be, “Yes and I’m so sorry.” Or it might be, “Yes and I see I have no control over that.” Or, “Yes, that’s not what I expected and this can work, too!” There is power in Yes. This week, five mini-postlettes about just that.
In 1966, John Lennon went to an avant-garde art gallery in London where a Japanese artist was exhibiting.
There were all kinds of things on display that John didn’t really get: an apple, a board with nails in it and a hammer attached, a card that said “Breathe.”
In the middle of the room was a tall ladder and at the top was a magnifying glass hanging from the ceiling. Feeling a little silly, he climbed the ladder, looked through the glass and saw one word in tiny print: YES.
The story goes that he got it and he loved it. When he came down the ladder, he met the artist, Yoko Ono.
You can read a more complete story here.