On Saying No

by Nyamka Bayanmunkh in


Image Recently I had to say no to something I enjoyed doing. I said no to volunteering. It wasn't an easy decision, but it was ultimately the right decision in order to dedicate the necessary time and energy to my current projects.

I like volunteering, it gives me an opportunity to be involved in the community. Before I made the decision to say no, I had a strong urge to continue with it and squeeze it back into my life somehow. Even though I have added more things to my life compared to the time I used to volunteer,  I still wanted to volunteer. In reality something had to give. If I squeezed in volunteering I would have had to reduce the time and energy I spent on other things.

At any one point in time, there is infinite number of things I could be doing, but I am limited in my time and energy. Since I don't have infinite time and energy I need to be selective, which means I have to choose between two good things. Saying yes to one option means saying no to the other.  The word 'yes' gets a good rep compared saying 'no', nut it is just the other side of the coin of saying yes. In other words,  'no' can be just as empowering and liberating as the word 'yes'. 'No' gives you the time and freedom to do what matters most right now by saying no to the less important things.

Is there something you need to say no to, in order to focus on the important? Let me know in the comments.

With Love and Simplicity,

Nyamka