I stole this from a facebook friend and it was something I had to adopt for my own always-compelled-to-say-yes-to-everything flaw.
“If it’s not a HECK YES, then it’s a no.”
So that medium yes, that I-feel-like-should yes, that guilty yes, that coerced yes, that I-actually-hate-this-thing yes, that I-guess-so yes, that who-else-will-do-it yes, that careless yes, that default yes, that resentful yes, that I-probably-shouldn’t-but-struggle-with-boundaries yes?
No thank you. I am unable to commit to that this year. Thank you so much for asking, but any new yes I give right now means a no to my family and my sanity. I am so flattered you asked and count on my prayers, but I am at my maximum bandwidth right now. I appreciate your work so much, but I’ve already committed my time and energy this year.
Now, the things that make your heart race, your blood pump, the fire in your belly burn, your gifts to leap to life, and keep your family and home healthy and strong…then ABSOLUTELY Yes!!”
So sorry sting B’rs and those that didn’t make the cut. Maybe in future years when my life circumstances change and our focus isn’t so much on keeping small children alive then maybe yes, but I’d go ahead and be prepared for a solid No.