The Hardest Word: SOL22 Day 22

I should just say no

when I come home to the aroma of freshly baked

chocolate chip cookies

“I baked a small batch,” he tells me

as though these delicious disks are calorie free

I should just say no

to another committee assignment

even though I love the collaboration

the contributions, the thinking and the back and forth

because one more meeting is killing me

I should just say no

to a new project, a new idea, a new way to share expertise

Is time like love, expanding to encompass

the richness that life offers

where somehow there is always more to go around?

But in reality

I know it’s likely

that I won’t say no

somehow, for me,


is the hardest word

5 thoughts on “The Hardest Word: SOL22 Day 22

  1. margaretsmn

    I have said yes to too many things that take time and energy but pay me nothing. Why do we keep doing this?

  2. Charlene Doland

    I hear you! No is SUCH a hard word! I’m working all the time on figuring out “cost/benefit analysis” of various “yeses.” Of course, “benefit” is not necessarily tied to $$$, but more about personal satisfaction, appreciation for contributions, etc.

  3. Elisa Waingort

    Ah! You capture the essence of my difficulty with the word, “no”. I should say it more often and I try, but it is never satisfying to say, no. Though I have to admit, saying yes is getting less and less satisfying of late.


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