"My therapist, Rita, has convinced me that every time I say yes when I mean no, I am abandoning myself, and I end up feeling used or resentful or frantic. But when I say no when I mean no, it's so sane and healthy that it creates a little glade around me in which I can get the nourishment I need. Then I help and serve people from a place of real abundance and health, instead of from this martyred mentally ill position, this open space in a forest about a mile north of Chernobyl."
- Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions (1993)
Do you know how to say no? Or do you too often find yourself saying yes when you mean no?
Image: San Francisco Botanical Garden Glade by Stan Shebs via Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons License.