No as in:
“No, I do NOT want to talk about it.”
“No, I cannot help you with yet another thing.”
“No, I am not interested in doing the same old things over and over and over...”
No is such a liberating word.
It is also accused of being taboo, as some negative curse, depending upon who you ask.
After what seems like a lifetime of reluctant okays and resentful yeses, I relish in the pure freedom of NO.
Just because someone throws you a ball does not mean you MUST catch it.
Some of us were raised to be yessers.
Yes I will do that for you and make your life easier.
I willingly and subsequently suffer as a result of this giving nature, since I am sooo generous and compassionate. How righteous.
That behavior turns anyone into a pseudo martyr.
I simply cannot get behind the martyr thing.
Living more thoughtfully than in recent months, with healthier boundaries, I have forced myself to say NO much more than I ever have in the past. If I continued to say yes yes yes, I would have nothing left to give. The no list includes support, friendship, empathy, resources- those characteristics which are noble to have in healthy ratio.
If I give out more than the lion's share, then I am just a selfless fool.
Having been the fool before, I became angry at myself and at the people who were seemingly un-giving. Then I felt even worse.
Better to rethink than react in that manner.
I found that I have grown past certain friends since my fresh dose of no-ism. People expect you to be the person they identified with when you met, especially if they themselves have not changed. (I specifically refer to friends and others of long standing.)
I am not the type of person who switches sentiment off and on in a snap. I process slower than that and with much contemplation about the situation.Although intellectually, I know what healthy parameters are in relationships, I spent years behaving as if I did not. I gave and gave until I was wiped out. Getting nothing in return will do that to a person.
This is not the first excursion with NO in my life. I have vacationed in NO-land and even had a brief timeshare there, but as my jobs, friendships, lifestyle and communication approach has drastically changed, I slid back into the pre-destined selfless giver yes mode.
What can I say, I love big, I give big.
Regardless of the intention to lovingly assist and help eliminate another's suffering, which are positive traits I believe, it is the entire picture of the giving characteristic which needs to be viewed. Hence, my giving pursuit being paused for a station identification.
It is safe to say that I am going through a life makeover.
I am keeping some of my favorite accessories and staples but willingly am letting go of so much outdated baggage.
NO room for it any more.
No, I do not want to hear some horrible story or about a depressing subject.
No, I do not want to give up my only free day in the studio to work crap wages in order to promote someone else's shop.
No, I do not want to eat something that I know will make me ill, just because it's the polite thing to do.
I replace it with a big, fat yes to the things I adore and make me feel great.