Ripples v9.51: NO!

Ripples v9.51: NO!
12/17/07: a free weekly splash from Paul & The Ripples Project


When I say NO to someone else I say “yes” to myself.
-source unknown, submitted by Dottie J., Cincinnati OH


You have to decide
what your highest priorities are
and have the courage-
-pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically-
-to say NO to other things.
And the way you do that
is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside.
-Stephen R. Covey, submitted by Yani D., Salem OR


Last week we explored the awesome power of YES, so this week I want to balance that with the tremendous potential of NO!

Some of us are so incredibly good at finding a “yes” for things, that we forget the limitations that help define our humanity: you and I have a finite amount of time, energy and passion to share with the world and we have an obligation to the people and projects in our life to consider this limitation each time we are presented with a request to share our resources.

Remember that each time you say YES to someone or something, you won’t be able to spend that time and energy with someone or something else– so you will be saying NO to someone too! Instead of being frustrated by these limitations, I invite you to celebrate the opportunity to set some priorities and make sure you are spending time on the people and projects you value most.

If you need more help saying no, I compiled some information and links on this page:

P.S. Remember that I am still in the mountains with almost no access to email!

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