Learning To Say No


Let’s face it: I’m a people pleaser. I hate to disappoint people, so when someone asks for my help, I’m all over it. I rarely say no, even when I know I’m stretching myself thin. I’ve been like this my whole life. I would rather juggle than turn someone down.

Time and time again, friends and family have told me to slow down. In fact, it’s become a typical conversation topic. The more I’ve thought about it, they’re right. I need to learn to say no and stick to it. I constantly find myself trying to squeeze every last drop out of an already busy schedule. Sometimes, things just won’t work out. Accepting that has been a hard concept for me.

I say yes to one thing and then another; before you know it, I’ve said yes to 20 things that need to be done by Friday, and it’s already Wednesday. When I see that my own family and house are getting pushed to the back burner, I get stressed out. All of which could have been avoided if I added less items to my agenda.

Here recently, I have come to realize I can’t do it all, and that’s okay. No one is going to hate me for it if I’m honest and upfront. I have to allow time to simply relax, which is something I don’t do well but greatly need in my life. Learning to say no won’t always be easy, but I plan to start now.

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  1. Tinsley Bruce says:

    Faith I was saying a silent prayer that you would find the right balance between family work and outside activities. Its OK to take some down time for Faith and just kick back. No one will love you less. You possess wonderful insight into life and living due to your Christian faith. Another prayer answered. God and family come first. The bible says that charity begins at home and all else follows. Love your blog and to see God at work in your life. My best. Tinsley.

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