Since the demands of those around us are mostly flying under our radar, we don't make conscious decisions about what we should or shouldn't give. We're just doing what feels right at that instant, not running it past our big-picture plans to see if "yes" even fits. This doesn't mean saying no to everyone for everything all the time, it means giving yourself more control over how much of Y-O-U that you give.
Does saying no to so many requests sound harsh? It may seem that way, but wait a sec. Here's the beautiful part (you can go grab some tissues now): you are only saying "no" to silly, unimportant stuff to free yourself to saying "yes" to the important, meaningful stuff, such as giving and contributing. Every plan needs good execution, and a big part of that is focus. Saying no is all about focusing.
Remember, more of you means more to give – to the right people and causes. Best of luck and lots of strength.
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