I began reading Cheryl Richardson’s latest book, Extreme Self Care. I love the idea of an absolute no list. I love having permission to say no in a kind but firm way. Here’s my list:
I Say No To:
- I will not rush. My life for a few years has been more rush than slow and steady.
- Jump out of bed in the morning doing for others. I want to take my time and find the peace in the day, the serenity.
- Compromise my needs to keep peace with anyone.
- Argue with people who see debating as a sport.
- Keep anything of mine in this house that I don’t need and love.
- Keep my mouth shut when someone is out of line.
- Tolerate or participate in gossip.
- Keep my thoughts to myself when they don’t align with those of others in my life.
- Invest time in relationships that aren’t aligned with who I am and who I aspire to be.
- Finish reading books that lose my interest.
- Get caught up in other people’s drama.
- Feel an obligation to spend time with people who choose to live in chaos.
- Feel bad about saying no when no is best for me.