by Teresa Hawthorne
It’s a struggle to decide. You don’t want to appear self-centered. You also dread dealing with the anticipated disappointment you may cause if you say no. Great for the person or thing you say yes to. But, what price are you paying for not saying no?
Picture this day in the life of a person who doesn’t say no.
It’s your turn to carpool the kids to school. You go to work, pick up the dry cleaning on your lunch hour, and you leave work later than planned. You rush to the grocery store after work, because someone decided this morning that they wanted tacos for dinner, and you can’t have Taco Tuesday without taco shells. After dinner, your phone alarm goes off. It’s a reminder you need to be at your friend’s house in 30 minutes for the first meeting of the book club she started. Finally home for the evening, you remember you wanted to get started on the essay required for your graduate school application.