She's written several books, the most recent of which is decidedly both poignant and personal while touching on what I think is the universal means by which we begin to walk down the road of Holiness. Her book is called The Grace of Yes.
I've only plowed through the first two chapters, but she asks the big questions and recognizes when she's not asked the questions. She reveals the need to discern why are we saying yes and what are we saying yes to? And what should we be saying yes to? The answer of course is, to God.
The vocation of our lives is the How business of saying "Yes" to God, or no to other things. So I'm trying to say "Yes." to my children first, and to my husband, rather than "wait," or "Not yet." or "I'm tired." or "I'm busy." It's too easy to put off people for things that often aren't important.
Last night, my daughter said, "Come play Heart and Soul with me Mom." I didn't want to, I was in the kitchen, cleaning up from dinner. I need to learn to stop. I should stop and play. She was working on "Heart and Soul." I hate that song. But she loves it. She's just learning it.
"Come and play Mom." she asked, which is really, "Come and waste time with me." Wasting time is the surest proof of love, the willingness to do nothing or anything, with someone else, not because of what it is we're doing or not doing, but because of who we are with. I missed out last night. I stupidly chose dishes over duets. How dumb am I? Very. So Very!
So today, I'm dusting off the piano, and I'm hoping I get the opportunity today to receive the Grace of Yes.