words and power

I know this, and so…when I have opportunity, I always choose YES.

The reason?


I want to say that beautiful open creative imaginative word.

I want to grant permission. Give forgiveness. If the power to choose is mine, I choose peace.

When we say NO, we stop action.

We stop activity, possibility, opportunity.

We end abruptly. There must be powerful reason to say NO.


For YES is a symphony only just beginning to play once the sound of the word escapes our lips.

YES is harmony and life-altering, world-view changing realization.

YES is the door to all we can imagine, expect, dream.

YES is exactly what I give way to, allow, embrace and inhabit.



I will always choose



Thank you two writing teachers for stretching me as a reader, writer, person.  What a beautifully amazing 31-day journey.  For amazing posts by rock star writers, check here.


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Principal at the School at the north end of Los Angeles Harbor where AWESOME happens. Working to make the world a little more wonder-full.
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9 Responses to YES or NO

  1. Cathy M says:

    This is a great reminder of all we can gain by saying YES! YES really is a beginning. The end of you piece had me ready to shout YES, YES, YES. Sometimes it easier to say no, but your post reminds me of the power of YES.


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  2. khays41 says:

    Have you read the book ‘Yes Day!’ My first graders loved it and BEG for yes days!!

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  3. Your words are resonating with me today… I try to say YES to students as much as possible, but it can be tough. I am working on better reformulating my No’s and choosing when to say YES instead!

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    • daywells says:

      I find it fun to figure out how I can say yes even when I have to say no. For example, when a student asks for something I cannot give I ask myself what I CAN give and say yes instead to that. “Can we please have recess all day?” “Yes! In Saturday! Back to class!”

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  4. elsie says:

    Now I’m going to have to think about how I can turn every no into yes. Love the example of recess! Just saying yes puts a smile on a face and the face of the one hearing yes.

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  5. lauren jaimes says:

    I absolutely love this! Yes!

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