Yes, and...

^z 14th August 2023 at 8:39am

Yesterday morning's resolution:

Yes, and I will start saying "Yes, and ..." to everything!

As Keith Johnstone explains in Impro (Chapter "Spontaneity", section 5):

There are people who prefer to say 'Yes', and there are people who prefer to say 'No'. Those who say 'Yes' are rewarded by the adventures they have, and those who say 'No' are rewarded by the safety they attain. There are far more 'No' sayers than 'Yes' sayers, ...

Saying "No, but ..." is an act of blocking that stalls progress in improvisational theatre, and in life. Saying "Yes, and ..." is an act of accepting that propels the action forward, that opens the door to surprise and creativity and joy.

Yes, and as Shunryu Suzuki says in Not Always So, "So the secret is just to say 'Yes!' and jump off from here. Then there is no problem. It means to be yourself in the present moment, always yourself, without sticking to an old self. ..."

Yes, and ...

^z - 2012-11-14