Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Should I yes or should I no, now?

I just finished reading this post, which Jen ends with an invitation to join her in living a "simpler life", including saying "no even if I feel obligated to say yes". Ladies and gentlemen, someone's singing my song.

The past year has involved a lot of saying no. No to sewing projects. No to volunteering. No to dance projects. No to opportunities. No to quilt-alongs. No to jobs. No to swaps. No to travel. No to purchases. No to crafting. Sometimes I've said yes to those things, when in my heart I knew I needed to say, "Nope. Not this time." Little by little though, I'm working on that no.

Here in the blogging world of YES! YES! YES!, I sometimes feel a bit displaced. Heavens, in the regular world of "What do you do?", "What are you working on?" and "What's new?", I feel out of place. As I say no more frequently, I often wonder what I'm saying yes to*. Little by little, yeses have started peeking through. They excite me, and at times overwhelm me.

For today though, here's a YES to Jen's invite for simple living and savoring family. That's one I can definitely say yes to!

p.s. Said no to trying to find a photo to accompany this post and yes to going to bed at only a "crazy late", instead of a "totally insanely late" hour.

*Hermanacita....see how freeing that preposition at the end of a sentence is? You should try it some time.

10 comments:

Amy said...

hope the new year brings you peace in all of your yeses and nos

Brenda said...

Yes to both occasional prepositions at the end of sentences and to being reflective and careful with your time and energy. I know what you mean about blogging--it seems very results oriented, but sometimes it is just about the process. seems like you're in the process right now too. Take care!

Megs said...

Merry Christmas!!!!

One of my favorite messages that my pastor has been giving all year is that "saying 'no' often leads to a surprising 'yes'." When we can say no to the obligations that don't feed our soul - sometimes new opportunities come along that are just what we need!

I think this is a great way to jump start a new year - and starting with saying yes to time with the family is perfect!

Jen said...

I've had to learn to say "No" too! Have a Merry Christmas!

Melissa said...

I'm going to check out Jen's blog. I have found new "No" freedom in the last month and now that I have read your post, I find I like it, too! You are right - there is an awful lot of "Yes" in blogland and at times it has been making me miserable!!!! Thanks!

jen b said...

I am so glad you were able to get something out of my post to inspire you to live the life you want to lead. I have really alleviated a significant amount of stress lately just by saying no. you have been such a huge support for me this past year, sending me words of support even though i was MIA. People like you are the reason I keep blogging.

xoxo

J.B. said...

Very freeing. You are very silly. And I love you. And I have the opposite problem,I need to say YES to more things. I can't wait until saying NO is the challenge. :)

wv: worspla - adj: superlative beyond worst.

Jessica said...

Yes to simplicity--I like that!

Pascale said...

Yes to simplicity - no to excesses, that's what I'd like to work on this year...
Wishing you a great and "simple" year!

Alexis said...

No!

That felt good! I'm going to say "no" more often this year!

Thanks!