But the truth is, our days are finite and they can only be filled to capacity - the laws of time and space dictate how much we can do in a given day. And at some point, saying yes to one more thing - no matter how worthy the cause or how potentially wonderful the outcome - we are saying no to something (or someone) else.
- We are saying "no" to a few precious minutes with one of our children, our spouse or to family time.
- We are saying "no" to some alone time, to meditate, pray, or study as most of us say we want to.
- We are saying "no" to our health and missing sleep or exercise time.
- We are saying "no" to some uninterrupted quiet time to be contemplative and give our minds time to rest.
So every time you tell yourself that you can't say "no" to requests for your help, remember when you say yes, you ARE saying no to something or someone else. Knowing that can make it a lot easier to learn to say "no" to that next project or task that we really DON'T have time for.