The Virtue of Saying “No”

Jack of all trades, master of none.

Expert multitasker.

Input fiend.

Johnny 5 from Short Circuit“Need more input”

Sometimes my “strengths” become weaknesses.  Sometimes I say yes to too many good things instead of prayerfully considering the right things.

The same traits that give me success also bring me defeat if I’m not careful.

Passion and zeal without proper organization leads to paralyzation.

And then I’m stuck.

So I wake up early, I organize, I update my calendar, I make lists on the white board.

And if my mind still races, I know there is only one reason.

I’ve said yes to too many good things.

So I’m going to practice saying the one little word that brings sanity back.  The word that is so hard to get off the tip of my tongue.  The word that starts with an “n” and ends with an “o”.


Because saying no allows me to be fully present in the yes moments.

Stomach free from knots, mind free of racing, fully there.

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  • Molly (Sprue Story) March 7, 2013 at 6:47 am

    These photos are adorable. I struggle with finding the right balance between “yes” and “no,” too, so I always appreciate inspiration like this to do better!

  • Danielle March 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I suffer from the “Yes” syndrome too! I’ve been told, and I do believe, there’s power in saying “no.” You can do it! And so can I 🙂

  • Mark A Scott March 8, 2013 at 6:14 am


  • Amanda @RunToTheFinish March 11, 2013 at 5:23 am

    I stopped the yes syndrome when I quit my job 🙂 I think many years of daily saying yes pushed me to the limit…it’s great to be in charge of where my energy goes

    • inspiredrd March 11, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Good for you Amanda!

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