It is a sad indictment on our society that we need to teach our children that in certain situations it is okay to say no. It is also sad that we need to teach those who are vulnerable the same thing. But who teaches us that it’s okay to say “no”?
I’m not talking about saying ‘no’ to unwanted sexual advances or anything illegal. I was thinking more of using the answer ‘no’ in situations such as these:
“Mum, can I borrow some money to buy a new dress for the party on Saturday night”? (She has a closet full of party dresses)
“Are you feeling okay today”? (You have a massive headache but you need to be at your job)
“Can you do me huge favour”? (Bearing in mind that you’ve already helped this person out a million times before)
“Mum, are you cooking dinner”? (Whilst adult child is laying on couch playing xbox)
There are times in life when although you may be looked upon as the baddie, it is okay to say ‘no’. When did the idea of saying no become a bad thing? For the sake of your own mental and physical health there are times that you have to say this little word in order to save yourself from becoming a person who gives and gives until there is nothing left inside even for yourself.
It’s not selfish to watch out for yourself on occasion.
Sometimes you just have to take a stand and say “NO”.