Ample Reasons to Say No, but saying YES anyway

On Mondays, I expand a bit on recent entries in my Gratitude Journal.

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#796 COURAGE to follow through on something that doesn’t make sense, but seems the thing to do

I’ve done a few things lately that don’t make sense
Why do things have to make sense anyway?
Lots of people who claim to have no god
Serve lots of gods
and the god of things making sense is one of them.

I was asked a question
and the answer
was on the tip of my tongue
but then a reason to say no came to mind
and another
and another
and another.

In the end I said YES
because it seemed the right answer to give,
but I’m totally following through on a nudge here
and really cannot build a case for the answer
if someone asked me to defend it.

(Those who have difficulty saying no
should not follow my example here.)

But I have no difficulty saying no
and so,
having plenty of reason for no,
saying yes is noteworthy.
I think of Ann
who has proclaimed this
the year of YES
because no is easy
but YES opens possibilities.

We walk by faith
not sight

and there are lots of times
when walking by faith requires
stepping over the stones that say no
and onto the one that says yes
if for no other reason than
it seems the right one
and you wonder where it will lead.

Acknowledging the question marks
and butterflies in stomach,
thankful for courage.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking and talking about leadership, writing, ESL for refugees, faith, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. My work has appeared in Moody Magazine, Leadership Journal, Guideposts, Upper Room and many other publications. I lead workshops in personal experience writing and accept speaking engagements as schedule permits. I also listen.
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3 Responses to Ample Reasons to Say No, but saying YES anyway

  1. Chris Craven says:

    This posting is so appropiate for me. I have spent the week asking myself and journaling about what I am saying yes to in my life. I also do not have a hard time saying no right now, life lately has demanded that I cut out many things. I was feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the many no’s until I started recognizing the things I could say yes too.


  2. The important thing was that the decision was weighed, I think. Whatever you said, “Yes,” to, may it be a gift to you as well as to the receiver of your gift of self.


  3. Emily says:

    Thanks for saying yes!
    And nice racing legs, Wally!


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