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Knowing I Can Say “No,” Gives Me Freedom to Say “Yes”

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How do you make decisions? Fast, slow, or medium paced? I’m on the slower side of decision making if the topic is new to me. This week two instances have happened where I had mixed feelings about the decision, so I said, “No, I’m not doing it.” One took a few days until I got some encouragement to try applying for that opportunity, and then I changed my mind and just applied. The other time happened yesterday where I planned to visit the nearby conservatory to photograph the leaves and flowers. Yesterday morning dawned one of the coldest days of the year, and so I had this fight inside myself about going. “It’s only a mile and a half away…but it’s so cold…my car should get moved out of that parking spot…Oh, it will be fine until I have to go to work…” My Mom suggested I not go, so for a half an hour I planned not to go. I had a life-giving conversation with a friend, so that gave me courage to face the cold.

Walking into the conservatory just makes me relax…the humid, earthy air wraps you up like a hug and you shed your winter shell. Summer air just relaxes you a way that winter air never does…

I saw the wishing pool that usually relates to the most current holiday, so the pennies that had been thrown into the pool where formed into a heart for Valentine’s Day. Then I walked into the room where they have different displays and it was like walking into spring! Hyacinth bloomed and perfumed the air alongside the jolly gold infused with orange tulips…

Let’s just say, I stayed in that room the longest! Letting myself say, “No,” gave me peace to change my mind and just do it. I will do things if I’m asked or forced to, but I love having options. I’m learning that I have a healthy “No,” and can use it if I need to, and then that is giving me more freedom to say, “Yes!” to the activities I really desire to do.

You have a real choice to say “Yes,” and “No,” when you need to even if others have told you differently. Say “Yes,” to the things that bring you life.

Take a walk with me through the conservatory and relax:

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By M. H. Campbell

Copyright 2015

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Author: mary.campbell.schuh

Hello Friends, A curious, kind, practical, and energetic writer, wife, mother, and teacher is one way to describe me. I enjoy thinking about transitions--in schools, churches, families, relationships, and even countries. I'm passionate about learning, and I love working with people. Stop by often to see which kind of transition I'm thinking about, and I would appreciate hearing your thoughts. Peace! ~Mary Hope

8 thoughts on “Knowing I Can Say “No,” Gives Me Freedom to Say “Yes”

  1. I’m so glad you went! Your photos make me realize that winter is only temporary! Beautiful flowers and beautiful day!

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  2. Well said! Beautiful pictures!

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  3. Amazing photos! Photography does bring joy!

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