I oftentimes have a hard time saying; “No.” Even at risk to my physical and emotional health, I have difficulty turning someone down. I’d like to blame it on the fact that people don’t ask me to do anything dangerous or untoward. Requests almost always are for a good cause and benefit families or churches. However, the truth is much less unsettling. I don’t like saying; “No,” because I don’t like being the bad guy, I want people to like me and the thought of someone being upset or disappointed in me causes great anxiety.
Our ego, my ego, can be such a fragile thing. There is a wisdom principle which teaches that our lives have a list and on that list we place the things we value. The more items on our life list the less passion, energy and time we have for each item. Saying; “No,” to others can mean saying; “Yes,” to that which we value most.