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Say yes to life and see where it leads you

Skydiving photoA wise and wonderful tip from the Legacy Project.

Life doesn’t come with a roadmap to follow, but the closest thing may be the inspiringLegacy Project. Launched in 2004 by Karl Pillemer, a popular professor at Cornell University, the Legacy Project systematically collects spirited advice from America’s elders.

The project originally contacted 1,500 older Americans who had lived through extraordinary experiences and historical events and asked them to share their most important life lessons. Looking back on their long lives, they couldn’t always agree on everything, but virtually all the elders chose some variation of the following advice as one of their most important lessons:

“Say yes when things come your way. You will always regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did do.”

What a great reminder. If you think about it, saying yes to life is really saying yes to yourself. “Yes” opens the door to new ideas and experiences, lets the light in, attracts kindred spirits to your journey, launches dreams and new beginnings, builds anticipation, invites great adventures and, of course, spares you from later regrets.

True, “Yes” can also lead to disruptive changes, risk, difficulties and potential trouble, but “No” usually leads nowhere.

Starting this week, say yes to life more often and see where it leads you.


  • Say yes more often when things come your way.
  • Don’t die still wondering.
  • Be an “I’m glad I did” rather than “I wish I had.”

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One thought on “Say yes to life and see where it leads you

  1. A while back a friend of mine who has cancer wanted me to skydive with him. I could not afford the 300.00 it took but he was going to pay. This was on his bucket list. Unforntunatly he passed 2 wks before hand. My husband thinks I’m crazy at 54 yes old. But, it is something I’ve always wanted to do & now with more purpose. One of these days I hope I will be able to afford it because now it is on my bucket list. Keep up inspiring we all need that!

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