As I have mentioned many times before, one of the wisest purchases I have ever made happens to be my monthly subscription to Audible (Amazon’s audiobook distributor). Audio books not only make the gym that much more bearable (not necessarily that much more productive) but they also give me a chance to read books that I normally would not make time for (many of which that become some of my favorite reads of the year).
For example, recently I just needed to laugh a lit bit more. So why not select Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. Poehler is one of the funniest people on the planet. Parks and Recreation was wrapping up and Saturday Night Live was celebrating its 40th year on the air. There was no better time.
My favorite quote was when the author proposes, “[My book is] called Yes Please because it is the constant struggle and often the right answer. Can we figure out what we want, ask for it, and stop talking? Yes please. Is being vulnerable a power position? Yes please. Am I allowed to take up space? Yes please. Would you like to be left alone? Yes please. I love saying ‘yes’ and I love saying ‘please.’ Saying ‘yes’ doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying ‘please’ doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission. ‘Yes please’ sounds powerful and concise. It’s a response and a request. It is not about being a good girl; it is about being a real woman. It’s also a title I can tell my kids. I like when they say ‘Yes please’ because most people are rude and nice manners are the secret keys to the universe.”
Unfortunately, as is the case with a lot of comedy these days, I could have done without some of the language and content. But overall, this book encouraged me to bring more cheer to my own messages.