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Monday, March 1, 2010

nay, I say!

"Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one."
-Matthew 5:37

Let's practice, shall we?

"No."

It feels very strange to purse my lips together in order to form this word. It is not used very heavily in my vocabulary.

To my simultaneous delight and dismay (I am a girl, what are you going to do?) this week is full of "no, sorry, I really can'ts."

Because I am not Wonder Woman, and I have never, once pretended to be.*

And though it is very natural, even habitual for me to reply with a peppy and caffeinated "yes," it just isn't always possible.

And will I let this word become a stumbling block? A source of discouragement? A signal to the depth of my being that I'm a failure, or that I don't measure up?

In a word, no!


*Well, except for that one time a barista wrote "Wonder Woman" on my coffee cup at Starbucks, but that wasn't really my choice!
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