Learning to Say No


I learned an important lesson this past week. I should have said, No. Should have insisted. But instead I said, Yes, okay, I can do it.

And that was my mistake.

Why was it so hard? Because I, and I think a lot of us, want to say yes. Want to be the person others can count on.

This happens to me so often, I wrote a poem about it a few years ago

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Try reading it out loud. Read it from left column to the middle to the right.

See if it resonates with you...

Saying yes this week resulted in a minor car accident, and it was my fault. My front bumper needs repairing. Neck and back soreness sent me to a physical therapist and my heating pad.

(No worries, I'll be fine. But it's been a good daily reminder.)

I have given myself a good talking to.

Honor your body, I've told myself. Honor your limits.

And so, while I am traveling to India for the next 3 weeks (I know! Cool, huh!), I am saying no to blogging. I'll be back, but I am going to take a blog-break so I can focus on the trip.

Traveling to new places gives me new perspectives, new insights into the world and myself. I look forward to sharing them with you.

Meanwhile, I will be trying to remember to honor my body and its limits.

And when necessary, to say no.

#SayingNo #Nopoem

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