In Tina Fey’s book, Bossy Pants, she state how important the primary tenant of Improv has been to her life. When a comedian (or the universe) presents a situation to you, your job is to keep the ball rolling by saying, “Yes, and…”. The minute you question or dismiss the premise, the fun stops.
I told this story during a recent yoga class and the next time I held class I had a student tell me how much she had just received a diagnosis of an auto-immune form of arthritis. As a young woman, she was relieved to understand what was causing her pain, but she was also, obviously, dismayed.
Armed with Tina Fey’s wisdom, however, she decided to “Yes, and…” Yes, I have this diagnosis, and now what shall I do with it?