The word is “No”. It’s not “Yes” or “Maybe” or “I’ll try” or “I think I can” or “Let me figure it out” or “Let me squeeze it in”. It’s “No”. Do not be afraid of it. Embrace this small, simple, strong word. So many of us are spread thin and feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Your are a mother; your time is valuable and your energy is valuable. The world will take as much as you will give and then ask for a bit more. And after every inch you give, it will ask for a bit more. Just a bit. Just one more thing. And then another.
There comes a time when the answer has to be “No” and there’s nothing wrong with that. Do not be afraid of it. Do not feel guilt. Use this word to guard what you have to give. Motherhood will ask so much of you, and truly it is one of the most amazing jobs in the world. And everything else will ask so much of you too. There is only so much to give, only so much to draw upon and to spread out to those around you. Guard that precious energy. Save it for the parts of life that count, the things that count, the moments that count, the ones who count.
Be intentional. Do not be afraid. The word is “No”.