I adored my grandmother. She was sweet, patient, and suffered in silence as she tended her mother through cancer, put up with a physically abusive husband, and cared for a mentally disabled son. That would seem to be enough on any persons plate, but no. Grandma drove the elderly to the store and doctor appointments. She cheerfully babysat for single mothers. If someone was in need, she served, and somehow found time to sew quilts for charity.
You might think this woman was a miracle. I know, I thought she was. She had many friends and everyone loved her. But when she lay dying in the hospital well past age 80, with tears in her soft blue eyes, she whispered, "I've wasted it. I've wasted my life."
How can that be? Grandma made a difference. And she did! I don't know what would have become of me and my siblings if not for her love and stable influence. Where had she failed?
She'd given her life away to others and never lived one moment for herself.
Not one dream.
How had the years slipped by without creating something for herself?
Grandma had the habit of saying yes when asked.
The woman had regrets.
Not for what she'd done, but for what she'd left undone.
She'd said yes to everyone, but herself.
This week, we stop the habit of saying yes.
People will still like you. And if they don't, you don't need them in your life.
For one week, when possible, say no to requests.
Sorry, but you still need to feed the two year old when he asks.
For the rest, the answer is no.
Without explanation, excuse or justification.
Service is good, but loosing yourself and being used is not.
Poor planning on some one's part does not constitute an emergency on yours.
Let others take care of their responsibilities or get another yes addict.
You're in recovery.
Just say NO!
"No, thank you." Also good.
Repeat if needed and don't justify.
If you can't make yourself do that, then answer them with, "I'll have to think about it."
Giving yourself time, breaks the habit and gives them the chance of finding another sucker.
I have been such a sucker and I'm over it.
Life is better.
This week, stand up for your dreams and your life.
No one else will.
Don't end up at age 80 feeling you've wasted the gift of living YOUR life.
Write down your progress and feelings in your journal.
Who is pushy?
Who makes you angry?
Who is difficult to deny?
"Life is a banquet, and most poor fools are starving to death."