Saying NO when necessary. Sometimes it really IS necessary for our own health to learn to say no. We can’t always do everything for everyone – nor should we. I think this is part of achieving balance in our lives, saying yes when we can and saying no when we should.
Here is your Sunday inspirational thought…
“Anyone who says yes to everyone all the time
is headed for trouble.
When people want you to do something,
they definitely won’t be happy if you tell them no,
but sooner or later you must decide
if you’re going to spend your life making other people happy
at the expense of never being happy yourself.
There should always be times when we do things
for other people just because we want to make them happy,
even if the thing they want is not what we would prefer doing.
To live that way all the time, however,
is not healthy emotionally or in any other way.
Sometimes you have to say no to others
in order to say yes to yourself,
otherwise you will end up bitter and resentful.
A confident woman says no when she needs to.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
I can relate to this one, because I’m a non-confrontational person. I don’t like seeing people upset or unhappy. My own adult kids have often told me I’m “too nice” and my hubby often reminds me that I need to stand up for myself. So sometimes this means saying no when people want me to do something that I really don’t want to do, don’t have time to do, or otherwise wouldn’t be a good choice for me at the time.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Can you easily say no when you need to?
Have you found a way to say no even when it makes people upset?