Some people have real difficulties when it comes to saying no. The weight of the word seems to be more than they can handle, so instead they burden themselves with the unwanted tasks that come from saying yes.
At what point in life does saying no become difficult? I know for a fact that we are not born with this inability, that we don’t have to be taught to say no, that no comes trippingly off the tongue until it doesn’t.
I know that we all have an innate ability to say no without guilt and simply because we don’t want to. How do I know this? Because my daughters have shown me time and time again that they have no problem saying no. My youngest is particularly good at saying no. She repeats it and varies the intonation. And you know what? I love her no less for being able to say no.
Listen to this recording. Listen to how “no” doesn’t sound horrible, how it doesn’t mean anything other than I don’t want to do what you want me to do.