Can anyone really say yes better than a dog? Hardly.
My dog friend (one of a few) Mr. Tubs is a champion say yes kind of guy, and he insists that I play just as unconditionally. When I enter my friend Judi's house, Tubs comes running to see who it is. When he sees who it is (me!) he retreats to find his favorite toy of the moment and trots to me with the offer to play.
Say yes, human. Just say yes.
If I'm preoccupied, his eyes say "say yes."
If I say "not now, Tubbers..." he remains on point, ready to go, slobbering with anticipation, unable to conceive of a negative thought between me and yes. Say yes.
Improv actors say yes. If you forget how, please...play with a dog.
Just look at that face. There's no "no" in that face. There's no room for killing the scene. There is only keeping the playing alive.
Say Yes to Mr. Tubs.
Say yes to your improv partners.
Say yes to life.
-- doug smith
Creativity Generator: Picture This
- Find a random picture (seriously, keep your eyes closed and make it random)
- Write for 2 minutes, guided by the picture