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Saying “yes” to life — one woman’s inspiring story

This is a guest post from Beth Wilson, a cool friend who writes a cool blog named BHereToday that I'm happy to recommend. Thank you Beth.

I can’t recall a time in my life when I haven’t been in search mode.

As a child, I often stayed up well past my bedtime reading books by Ayn Rand and Thomas Moore. The Prophet and The Tao of Physics were my early companions.

The words, “you think too much” have been spoken to me throughout my life by countless people, from my parents, to friends, co-workers and certainly partners. I admit that sometimes I wear myself out from thinking too much.

In my younger days, I turned over rocks and peeked into nooks and crannies looking for the answers to life’s grandest questions. What is my purpose? What is the truth of life? How can I be of maximum service to God, humans and animals?

Why do people say life is short? Life is literally the longest think you will ever do. ~ Chelselily

Healing from addiction

My obsessive probing ultimately led me down a path to the disease of addiction where I fueled those heady questions with vast amounts of alcohol and marijuana. Thankfully, my years of active addiction were relatively short--I chose sobriety and 12-step programs one month after my 30th birthday.

But the questions continued.

Now, at least, I had a structure to build around my questions. Once sober, sponsors helped me sort through my thoughts and feelings. Personal inventories showed me my character flaws and responsibilities for converting them into assets.

Most of all, my sober mentors and the 12-steps gave me permission to believe in the God of my understanding. Believe me, my personal understanding of a higher power has changed many times during my 21 years of sobriety.

Today my God is total love energy

Today, my God, affectionately known as GUS (God-Universe-Spirit) is total love energy. My belief is that God’s universal love is present everywhere and in every thing, situation, creature and even inanimate objects. Since energy is the denominator of every molecule and sub-particle, so there too is God.

The best part for me is knowing that from GUS’ perspective, the answer to all questions is always a resounding YES!

When we are young, the words are scattered all around us. As they are assembled by experience, so also are we, sentence by sentence, until the story takes shape. ~ Louise Erdrich

As a trained journalist, my ingrained process is to look for the five W’s and the how of situations. Looking for loopholes and weaving stories by plugging those holes comes naturally to me. But the part of me that graduated journalism school (not sober, mind you), is now as ancient as the news gathering business itself.

So much easier to say "yes" to my questions

How much easier it is to throw my training out the window and say YES! to all my questions!

That one word creates a vacuum of opportunity for possibilities to enter. YES becomes not simply an answer but also a platform on which to build a day-to-day existence that doesn’t require details but is content to let the details unfold naturally.

I don’t have to know the plan God has for me; my job is to show up at the start of each morning with a zealous YES! in my heart.

While I am still prone to feeling a now-and-again haunting tug by one of those ponderable matters I spoke of earlier, I can choose to be right where I am, in this precious moment. I can trust that GUS has my back.

My search for life's big meaning is over

I can choose to believe that the search for life’s big meaning is over.

I say YES! to love and let God set my life’s course.

Editor's Note: Any thoughts or comments on Beth Wilson's post most welcome as always and if you enjoyed this post please share it with a friend. Thank you so much for the many terrific comments to my last post and I hope to continue with that theme. Guest post submissions always welcome. Blessings to you and I hope all goes well.


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky May 8, 2012 at 8:01 am

Thanks so very much for sharing G.U.S. with me and reminding me to say YES to love!


Beth May 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

Hi Becky,

Everybody needs reminders now and then! Call me an old romantic, but I truly do believe that saying YES to love makes anything possible. The key is to let ourselves create an opening for the YES to poke through. GUS doesn’t need much room to enter . . .

May you find blessings in today and in saying YES!

B Well,


Rick May 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Thanks for sharing!


Beth May 9, 2012 at 8:46 am

You bet, Rick! Thanks for reading . . . isn’t The Happy Seeker a comfortable place to land?


Noch Noch | be me. be natural. May 9, 2012 at 2:24 am

I get the same comments all the time – “think too much”
thanks for sharing how to get over that!
Noch Noch
Noch Noch | be me. be natural. recently posted..for me the bells toll – taking a break, getting married


Beth May 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

Well Noch Noch, I’m know for sure that it’s not the only way to get past thinking too much, but it does work for me. Great to see you here!


Bobbi Emel May 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

Thanks SO much for sharing your story, Beth! I love the GUS image – very workable and comprehensive and whimsical.

I also love your chutzpah in saying YES to life’s questions, whatever they may be. You’re an intrepid, courageous woman.
Bobbi Emel recently posted..Afraid of the dark? 4 lessons to help you embrace your shadow


Christopher Foster May 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

Hi Bobbi,

I just want to jump in here for a moment and thank you for your kind words and say how much I agree with you. Beth is a remarkable woman and what she says about her friend “GUS” really is beautiful. “Total love energy”. Our true nature, isn’t it?


Beth May 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm

That’s me, Bobbi! When I’m not being so dad gum serious, I’m whimsical all over the place! I’m trying really hard to bring more of that into my life.

I so appreciate your compliments. I really, really needed to hear them tonight. This stuff about being transparent isn’t easy, is it? I’ve read enough of your work to know that you can probably relate.

B Well, my friend!


Lori Lynn Smith May 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

I have never heard the term GUS (God-Universe-Spirit) before, I think that is fabulous. An truly inspiring story, thanks so much for sharing!
Lori Lynn Smith recently posted..Time Management begins with Inspired Actions


Beth May 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

So glad GUS rang your bell, Lori. I grew up in recovery with acronyms and this one is relatively knew and to be honest, came to me when I heard a guy in a 12-step meeting refer to his Higher Power as by a man’s name. I didn’t think it should be any random name, nor do I think it is necessarily a man’s name. But GUS has meaning and is also short for Gussie!

Thanks so much for your thoughts.

Big Hugs!


Ciara May 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

Great post Beth it’s true we have to stop questioning and searching and accept life as it is. Chose life and love too !
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Beth May 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm

A big ‘ole YES to life and love, Ciara. Couldn’t agree more. Even the painful moments. They do show us what we’re made of, don’t they?

Blessings to you!


Cathy Taughinbaugh May 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Hi Beth and Christopher,

It’s great to see you here Beth! I love your uplifting post. The term GUS is new to me as well. You’ve inspiring story is a great reminder to be open to receiving the gifts this world has to offer, including love.
Cathy Taughinbaugh recently posted..Living a Life of Gratitude Today


Beth May 10, 2012 at 8:28 am

Hi Cathy,

It appears that GUS is resonating with folks. How very cool. While some days are easier to be open to life’s gifts, even the smallest smidgeon of an opening is enough for GUS to enter, and most importantly, dwell.

Love to you!


Kaylee May 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Oh Beth, this post totally gave me goosebumps. I LOVE it! And I absolutely love the idea of GUS. Not growing up in a religious home, the idea of God (and the often inaccurate ideas I heard about God/religion) never appealed to me. But the Universe does, Spirit does… And when you put it like that – that God is in all things – even the word God doesn’t rub me the wrong way.

I’m really inspired by your story, Beth..And I know someone else who needs to read this. Thank you for writing and sharing.
Kaylee recently posted..Is Your Daily Dialogue Lacking This?


Beth May 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm


Wow. I feel humbled by your words and grateful that you were touched. For me, when it comes right down to it, no matter the name, gender or any other humanized identity, GUS is love. When we speak from the love in our hearts to one another, we can’t help but be connected.

Thanks for being a link in my love chain!


Galen Pearl May 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Great GUS, I loved this!
Galen Pearl recently posted..Let It Be


Beth May 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Clever, Galen! Thanks for adding some levity to a kind of serious post.


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