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Sharing an Article - Stop Overextending Yourself!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hi SparkFriends -

It's a familiar feeling for some of us, come the holidays. In preparation for the "Busy Season," I thought this article was helpful.

My favorite passage:
I began to wake up to the idea that I actually do have choices. I can make decisions based on my preferences and needs instead of a sense of obligation.

I have a choice about how I respond to others’ demands. A choice about how I react when the tsunami of items on my to-do list threatens to overwhelm me. A choice about saying, “yes” to one more volunteer project or saying “thanks, but not now.”

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  • PCOH051610
    Great article and it really did make sense, didn't it?
    1952 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. I'm pretty good with not overwhelming myself. I've learned how to say "no" a while back during therapy sessions. But it's nice to have a reminder every now and then, especially when the holidays are upon us.

    1962 days ago
    Sometimes the most giving answer is to say, "No."
    1976 days ago
    Thanks, was quite interesting.
    1977 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    It is difficult to say no especially but we do have to learn to do it sometimes.

    1982 days ago
    I love this! I think I'm in Chapter IV. I think you saved me just in the nick of time. Thank you!
    1983 days ago
    I put the skids on the nonstop go-go-go years ago. I always got sick from all the work from the holidays. I found myself trying to give everyone the perfect meal, gift, etc. I was buying for 25 to 30 people and some of them were so rude that they told me they didn't like the gift instead of just taking it in for an exchange or refund. I decided then that I was so done. I started saying no and almost everyone got bent out of shape. I decided they could be in a bad mood or I could and I chose them. I only buy for my hubby, son, and dad now plus a token gift for 3 businesses who help me a lot. I am so much happier.
    1984 days ago
    Thanks! I heard the stop "shoulding" on yourself just last April at a women's retreat and I've been trying to follow that one since. More good information here.
    1984 days ago
    It is a tough season for a lot of people, for many different reasons. Learning to say no is a hard one--good luck!
    1984 days ago
  • MISSM66
    Wonderful Article, I love it as WISLNDR say her favorite phrase is get off the psycho path and that is mine also,thank you for sharing. emoticon emoticon
    1984 days ago
    This was a great article, my favorite phrase of the entire article was "get off the psycho path." Great words for any day of the year!!

    1984 days ago
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