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Yes and No

“The tension between ‘yes’ and ‘no’, between ‘I can’ and ‘I cannot’, makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one’s self.” – Anatole Broyard

In order to say “yes” to the right things, to life, we need to say “no” to the distractions and disruptions that pull us off center. While some distractions and disruptions can be signs and cues to change, most are mere noise.

Saying “no” is hard. When we accept that we can’t do it “all” and say “yes” to being fully present, “no” comes more easily. Important trumps urgency. Connection trumps transaction. Wonder trumps obligation.

We all need to “make a living” but it need not be at the expense of experiencing a full and grateful life. Get busy being less busy by saying “no” so you can get to the “yes” of living well right now.

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