“Yea or Nay”

June Blog by Rachel Drotar.

I’ve recently become a bit of a history buff. This past weekend in the play 1776, I portrayed Charles Thompson, the Secretary for the Continental Congress. Throughout the process, I was able to see how the characters did or did not align with their own personal views. I realized the compromises that were made in order to move forward. Having to make sense of our country’s decisions 240 years ago one thing became clear: decisions were urgent. Each time there was a proposal for the Declaration the Secretary needed everyone’s vote. They had two choices: Yea or Nay. While abstentions were also used, I realized that abstentions didn’t do much- they kept us where we were, they did not move us forward.

Personally I have slowly realized that life is a series of decisions, opportunities for us to keep ourselves where we are or to propel us forward. While the decisions of the Continental Congress set the stage for continued division, they also allowed for movement. They voted “Yea”. They said “yes” to the next step.

Centering Space provides the space for us to listen to ourselves when difficult decisions need to be made. To listen to our heart, as the mission statement suggests, is to “hear the voice of God.” In a busy world, listening to oneself and making definite decisions is essential. Every day we get to vote “Yea” or “Nay” to this life, we get to decide if we want to stay comfortable in what we know or take risks and propel ourselves forward. It is often when we say “yes” that life opens up to us.

The Young Adult Programs at Centering Space remind me of the importance of choosing myself, deciding to make decisions that propel me forward authentically. What do I want out of this life? What can’t I compromise? I look forward to saying “yes” to these questions in the future. Here’s an invitation to others in their 20’s or 30’s:

Join me at our next Young Adult Program, “R-chitecting Your Life Experience” on Friday, July 19th from 6-8pm.

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