Y is for Yield


To give up, as to superior power or authority;

To give up or surrender (oneself).

My first plan was to write about making a better-feeling life by surrendering oneself to a higher power. But I’ve already done that here.

So I decided instead to write about surrendering something else: words.

It might seem that to leap topics from giving up oneself to giving up words is to drastically reduce the significance of what I’m writing.

I don’t happen to see it that way.

Here’s why:

Genesis 1:3: And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Genesis 1:6: And God said, …
Genesis 1:9: And God said, …
Genesis 1:11: Then God said, …
Genesis 1:14: And God said, …
Genesis 1:20: And God said, …
Genesis 1:24: And God said, …
Genesis 1:26: Then God said, …
Genesis 1:29: Then God said, …

Genesis 1:31: God saw all that He had made, and it was good…

What I see in those excepts is this:

God made all that was good through words.

I’m not here to explain how that happened, and you can decide if you accept the premise in the first place.

But from a practical standpoint, it makes sense to me that our words lead to making things or experiences.

And Sally said, “Let there be cake,” and there was cake (after she baked it).

There was no pie because Sally didn’t have pie on the mind, and pie’s not what she said there should be.

Words create what’s on the mind.

Have you stopped to think about what you’re creating by what you say?

In my case it’s been “just” pitiful experiences:

If I could just earn a little more money.

If I could just get by working part-time.

I have just enough to pay my bills.

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!

Why would I limit myself like that?

Of course there’s no good reason, but I did it until I put a stop to it recently:

I gave up “just” from my vocabulary (and threw in “enough” as a bonus).

But thinking about it now, perhaps I should banish “if I could just” as a phrase.

So what from your vocabulary will you yield for a better-feeling life?

Decide on a limiting word and let it go. And if you’re really on a roll, give up three.