Emotional level: 7

Mental level: 8

TODAY I LEARNED: A glass bottle takes 1 million years to degrade.

 

It sounds like such a simple thing to do. When someone tells you that it’s okay to say no, you think to yourself:

Oh of course I know that. Saying no is easy.

But when the time comes to say no to a friend, family member, stranger, coworker, or even yourself, something inside you locks up. You feel completely compelled to tell them yes, even though you want to scream NO!

Sometimes you do it to avoid confrontation or conflict. Other times you just don’t have the energy to deal with the backlash that will come from saying “no”. But whatever the reason for not saying it, I just want to say it is absolutely, completely 100% okay to say NO to someone.

It doesn’t matter who it is. If you feel pressured to do something you don’t want to do, say NO. If you’re in a position that makes you uncomfortable, say NO. If the person you’re hanging out with is making you feel unsafe, just say NO.

It is extremely hard to say no because most of us don’t want to disappoint anyone. It’s human to want to make sure someone is happy, but in this instant, it’s just better to do what is best for yourself. I’m a firm believer in the power of saying NO. It sounds like such a simple thing, but it is so much more than a word. Not only are you taking back your own power, you aren’t letting other people make decisions for you. Bask in the fact that you are your own person and you make your own decisions.

It takes a kind of assertiveness to say NO, and it’s scary to do sometimes, but you must tell yourself you can push past the fear and do it. A lot of people try to brush it off and say that conjuring up the courage to say NO is not a big deal, but it is. Especially if you’re a person who is extra sensitive to the world and all the energies that come with it. It’s nerve racking and anxiety inducing. How you feel and how things affect you matters.

So, next time something is affecting you in a negative way, try your very best to say NO. If you don’t, try again the next day. Find that freedom and courage that is resting with yourself. It’s there, even if it’s small, you can grow it. It’s going to take time, but time is all we have, and it’s going to tick by regardless. So, just do your best and the rest will come. I hope everyone has an amazing day today! 😊

Blessed Be )O(

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