Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life.
Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.
Charles H. Spurgeon
By nature and by upbringing, I am a people-pleaser. I genuinely enjoy helping. I like saying Yes.
“Sure, I’ll help in the kitchen.”
“Yes, I can fill in to teach the three-year-olds today.”
“I’d be happy to make copies of that music. Right now? Okay.”
Unfortunately, when it comes to gauging time, I am too much the optimist. I keep trying to pack 30 hours into a 24-hour day.
“You’re doing the A to Z Challenge? Hey, I’ll do it too.”
“Camp NaNoWriMo is in April? I think I can write 10,000 words.”
“I bet I can write three chapters this weekend and finish my book.”
Basically I take on too much, right? And then I flounder. So one of the lessons of my adult life has been learning to say No.
Sometimes I say No to people in order to carve out time (and energy) for writing. Other times I say No to writing in order to make time for people.