This journey is teaching me about patience. Is this an understatement or what? How can I be more gentle and kind to myself? When is it necessary to take an account of how I am truly feeling and impose a self-made NO? There are times when my body either physically, mentally, or emotionally simply cannot carry on with what is being asked of it, and so, the only sensible and compassionate response is NO to anything further. Simple. Absolutely not!! However, I am a work in progress through God's Grace. The amazing and beautiful unfolding of actually choosing NO is that I am realizing it gives room for a greater opportunity for YES! How cool is that? I can enjoy another event or outing or some form of physical exercise if I allow myself to say NO when my body needs me to in response to a hard day.
You may be in the midst of grieving over a loved one, caring for a sick or dying loved one, dealing with grave financial concerns, living in chronic pain and or depression, or any number of life issues that are burdening you with many NO's right now. I understand how utterly devastating that can feel. I would suggest trying to look at the perspective of "No for now" and breathe deeply and slowly. Take it one day or one moment at a time and be gentle with yourself. Be open to accepting help if offered from someone who is trying to lighten your load because it could allow space for the greater
hope of a YES. Besides, it provides others the beautiful opportunity to offer their gifts in time of need.
Try and look forward to the next YES that God has ready for you just around the corner. It is an exciting YES! He loves us and wants to bless us.