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The Art of Saying ‘No’

“Learn the art of saying ‘NO’. Don’t lie. Don’t make excuses. Don’t over explain yourself. Just simply decline!” 

This is something I have learnt pretty late in life. I attribute this to one of the several things I learnt living in Sweden and watching the Swedes way of life 🇸🇪

In India, being surrounded with numerous relatives, friends and acquaintances, it used to be my nature to say ‘Yes’ to invitations, meet up, assignments and the like just to please people as it’s considered very rude to say ‘No’ 😅

Learning not to live to please everyone has not only been one of the greatest life lessons I have figured, it has also liberated me to live life on my own happy terms!

Today, I say ‘yes’ only to those things that strike a chord in my heart and to things that I can fit in my schedule without over burdening myself or affecting our family time and my me-time. My ‘yes’s are no longer to please people to be in their good books. I am also mastering the art of very politely saying ‘No’!

I realized, by making conscious yes/no decisions, we are investing due value and respect to time, relationships, our potential and things that really matter. In the process not only are we enriched and empowered, we save ourselves from a lot of unwanted stress!

We should cultivate the ability to say NO to activities for which we have no time, no talent, and which we have no interest or real concern. If we learn to say NO to many things, then we will be able to say YES to the things that matter most!



Documentaries You MUST Watch on Netflix as you Begin this New Year!

I am extremely picky when it comes to movies. Ask Vj and he will tell you how I spend easily an hour or two on our weekly movie nights, browsing through the options on Netflix, checking the IMDB rating, reading reviews and watching trailers. By that time I make up my mind either our food would go cold, we will feel sleepy and loose our interest to watch a movie (or) Vj would have finished watching a movie on the iPad!  But on some rare occasions, all the time I spend on my movie research pays off and we end up watching some good ones. Continue reading Documentaries You MUST Watch on Netflix as you Begin this New Year!