I pace back and forth in the middle of Phelan Garden Center holding a flat of yellow and red petunias. Should I buy them to plant around my front yard trees or just forego it this year? And furthermore, why in the Sam Hill is the decision to buy flowers such a hard one? Heaven forbid you ask me about a really difficult choice like whether we should have pizza or spaghetti for dinner. I might just curl up and cry.
Actually, my flower issue is really about saying yes to everything I usually say yes to even though my schedule is more full than it’s ever been. I simply can’t keep saying yes without sacrificing things that have no business being sacrificed.
I’m learning how a well-placed no can be the best kind of fresh-air.
Sometimes saying no is a no brainer, easy and quick. But if my no has the potential to disappoint someone? Well, this people-pleaser struggles with that.
But here’s the thing: giving too many yes’s to others still disappoints someone: me. I am discovering the value in being true to God’s best for me and how that sometimes includes a well-placed no (or several). Slowly, I am learning how no one is the boss of my schedule but me, and how freeing it is to refrain from the automatic yes so I can be the boss of what’s in my schedule, too.
The wonderful thing about a well-placed no is that it opens the door to allow a better-for-you yes to walk through. Here are some of my favorite yes’s of this summer so far:
Finally, I owe y’all a Texas-sized *thank you* for all the support – either through making a donation, dishing out some social media love, or both – toward our care packages for military spouses!
Y’all, our care packages fundraiser is FULLY funded!
If you read some of the excerpts from the spouse nominations, you know your well-placed yes to this project is beyond appreciated. I am chomping at the bit to get these 40 care packages boxed up and shipped to deserving military spouses all over the world.
I am also chomping at the bit to begin writing here regularly again. Soon, soon, soon!
In the meantime, know I love and cherish our fresh-air family here. You are treasured, m’loves. xo