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Yes OR No – It’s a Complete Sentence

Yes OR No – It’s a Complete Sentence

“Love yourself enough to be able to say yes or no.” – Susan Gregg
I think I’ve finally arrived at the place where I am very comfortable doing (or not doing) whatever I feel!!
In the past, I’ve gotten myself into some real jams in the pursuit of “going along to get along.” Now, I am saying yes when I mean yes and no when I mean no, and I must say, it is quite liberating.  It definitely keeps down the level of stress, pressure and drama when your response honors you.
One of my favorite books is Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.  There were so many nuggets of knowledge in her story that carved a new path for me.  Saying yes means saying yes to yourself, but sometimes it means saying no to others.  Her story took me a long way in validating my own feelings and doing only the things that are asked of me that I have time for, that I feel capable of, and that I want to do.  If you haven’t read her book, I highly recommend it, especially if you can’t seem to bring yourself to say yes to you.
A “no” response is a full and complete sentence (period!).  To explain, or apologize for a “no” response means you aren’t secure with your stance, or that you owe an explanation for your response.  When your answer is no, it’s just no – and “maybe” is never a substitution for no!  Ha!  Ahhh, the freedom!
And the absolute beauty is, there are no worries about what others will think or say about it. Being authentic rocks!!
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Janelle
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Janelle

I am here for this blog 200%!!! I agree and truly appreciate your statement on how your response honors you. Unfortunately, my body has suffered in the past from overextending myself and trying to keep up with demands. God had to sit me down and help me create a new lifestyle. I have even had to establish some new boundaries this year and like you said, my response is honoring me. You will definitely reap the rewards of your response, be it yes or no. Thank you for this post!! 💕💕

Panya Dixon
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Panya Dixon

Excellent blog!! Yes, being authentic rocks!!

Bettye Burney
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Bettye Burney

You hit this one out of the park my sister. Having the freedom to say ‘no’ is definitely fulfilling to me. I too, read ‘Year of Yes’ by Shonda Rhimes. It had so many nuggets to see oneself. I had to learn and am on point now with saying ‘NO’ and it feels good to say it. As you stated ‘NO’ is a complete sentence without any drama added. Let the other individual add the drama as you walk away feeling GOOD!!! I say kudos to you for helping us realize we can say ‘no’, the opposite of ‘yes’ just… Read more »

Avis Pitts
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Avis Pitts

This blog really hit home for me! I used to be the queen of yes. Whether I wanted to or not or felt like it or not, the answer was always yes. I took being a team player to a whole new level. After wearing myself out totally, I learned it’s ok to say no, rest & be still for a while. It’s about having peace!
Thanks Janine for confirming that both yes & no have their place!

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