You may have begun seeing ads for the new Jim Carrey film, “Yes Man.” In it, Carrey’s character falls in with a self-styled motivational guru whose secret to life boils down to the film’s advertising tagline: “Say yes to life.” Of course, Carrey goes way too far with the idea, and way too fast — but that doesn’t mean there’s zero validity in it.
Proving the point is Ezra Bayda’s book, Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts). Bayda, a Zen teacher author of three other books, co-wrote Saying Yes to Life with Wisdom’s own Josh Bartok, and as you might imagine, the approach here is practical, offering real ways we can see life’s invitations to go deeper with our practice, our patience, and our compassion.
Happily, the book doesn’t go “too” far — as Thomas Moore (who provided the book’s foreword) writes: “You can live with this book like a friend or a spouse— not necessarily in absolute harmony, but in real engagement. I already have my favorite pages, sayings that I don’t want to forget, formulations that are clearly inspired. How many books give you that much?”