What does that stand for? It seems close to YOLO… but I promise it’s really not related.
I was listening to a guest speaker in my mentor group, Lisa Nichols, when she used the acronym.
YANA: You Are Not Alone
Do you know how powerful that is?
Even without realizing it, we think we’re alone facing a lot of things. Alone in our anxieties, insecurities, struggles, hopes, dreams, goals… I bet there is at least one thing that comes to mind when you think of feeling alone.
Yet, a simple acronym has the power to make someone feel like everything is going to be okay. To make them feel loved, supported, heard and validated. Something that takes two seconds of time could make a world of difference in someone’s life.
My Dad just passed away recently, and going through the grieving process made me realize how important it is to know you are not alone. Sometimes it takes love and support from all directions: people you can cry with, people you can laugh with, people who’ve had the same experience, people who you didn’t expect to be there to hold your hand. Every single person is important, and so many actions are the equivalent of saying YANA.
My challenge to everyone is to find more ways to say YANA to the people around you. If you’re able to use the acronym that’s amazing (and it is also kind of fun to say). There are other ways too, like sending someone a message or giving them a call or even just smiling and asking how their day is going.
There is something so amazing about knowing you can be a light in someone’s day. So why not do it a bit more often?
Petite Power meditation: “Never forget the power of telling someone ‘you are not alone’”