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Say NO to what's not working and YES to what you want!

Updated: Sep 29, 2019

Abandoning T.V. for the week.

Last week's question was, "What is ONE Thing you can do to enjoy an interest or passion you have?" I said I was going to enjoy some Calgary Film Fest movies watch a T.V. series being filmed. Both were beautiful experiences for me. I am lucky enough to know someone who is a famous Canadian screenwriter and am friends with his wife, who is also a talented writer. They invited me to the set of a new Canadian T.V. series, Fortunate Sun, which will air on CBC in January. They were filming their second last day on their Springbank set and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to see how the magic gets made. I was impressed by the talented actors that had to perform the same great performance multiple times, while the crew filmed them from multiple angles. It did damper my perception of the glamour of acting. And it impressed on me the detail and thought that goes into any film production. I am so grateful for this experience. It was so fun!

I also enjoyed watching The Root of the Problem at the Calgary FilmFest. It was an inspirational family drama that takes life's darkest moment to bring the main character to the brightest light. The movie was based on a book written by a Calgary author. It was produced by her son and filmed locally. The production team and some of the cast were in attendance at the premiere and were available for questions. I enjoyed the film and was excited to see how local talent could create this production. It affirms my feeling that creating works of art is possible for anyone. It's not just for people in Hollywood and N.Y.

This week's question is, "What is ONE Thing you will say NO to this week in order to say YES to something you value even more?" For me, I am choosing something that is the opposite of what I did last week. Or almost opposite. Instead of enjoying stories on screen, I am giving them up for the week. I am going to say NO to T.V. this week in order to say YES to some writing projects that I have been wanting to give more time to. I noticed this week that I was sitting and watching T.V. with my kids quite a lot when they had some downtime. I like doing this because it is time together. But I have some projects that I have found hard to give the time I want to give to them, so I am looking for ways to create more time. My intention is create that needed time by saying no to T.V. for the week.

In finding your own "NO" it might be easier to start with your "YES." You might want more time for a work project, to workout, to spend time with friends or family. It could be anything that you want to do, but can never seem to find the time to do it. Then look at where you are spending your time on a regular basis and see where you might make some adjustments. Maybe you could scale back sleeping in on the weekend, or taking coffee breaks, or spending large amounts of time on social media. It doesn't mean you have to say NO to those things forever. It is an experiment. It is also a way to help you focus on the thing(s) that have the most value for you and scale back on things that you don't value as highly.

As always, I would love to hear from you. What will you say "NO" to and what will you say "YES" to this week? Please share anything you would like in the comments below, on Facebook or in our Weekly ONE Thing Facebook Group! We might get good ideas from each other.

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