It's a hard word for me to say.
At least it is when it comes to doing things for others. Which is why I often find myself over-extended. I volunteer for things that sounds great at the time, only to find I cannot give my best effort to anyone or anything because I'm running in so many different directions.
I found myself staring at that possibility today. It's May and yet, already, the rest of my year - especially fall - looks overwhelming. I will have two children in school. I am planning to go back to work (as a substitute) on a part-time basis. I just took over our unit's Family Readiness Group. I have commitments at church that are important to me. I have several conferences that I am planning/trying to attend. MacGyver will be having some surgery (and a month's worth of convalescent leave...God, help me) as well. Not to mention the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
When this latest opportunity came about, my first reaction was to say yes. Thankfully, the woman asking me did not ask for an answer - did not WANT an answer - right away. She asked me to think about it and talk to her again on Monday. So I thought about it. And I looked at my calendar and already it's crowded.
I had to say no. I didn't want to say no but I had to. And it was hard. Do you find yourself in these situations often? Is it hard for you to say no to commitments? Am I the only one?