It's Okay to Say No

4 years ago

I think some of the most empowering moments in life happen when we meet a challenge and say "I can do this." Even kids like to say it. Moms and dads clap their hands and cheer when their little ones accomplish something big for the first time on their own. This do-it-all attitude becomes part of our psyche growing up and when we leave home for college, or start a new job, move to a new city, get married, or begin our own families. At some point in life the "I can do this" idea might turn into the feeling that "I can do it all." And this often happens just when life gets complicated with new responsibilities, new challenges, and new goals.

It's Okay to Say No

Today I'm stepping up on my soapbox and telling you that even if you are blessed with the most amazing capabilities, it's still okay to say no. Just because you can do it all, does not mean you should. 

Not every challenge is meant to be tackled today. Some challenges require teamwork. And I honestly can say when I've stood in front of that seemingly insurmountable mountain of an obstacle and asked for help that's when I've been lifted up by the kindest and smartest people.

(Images: Graphic above (and photo) by me, Chris Olson.)


~ Chris Olson

Editor and illustrator

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