I have a home office theme. It’s a simple theme: No.
Whaaaaat? No? Really?
It’s hard work saying no to crazy-making. We need a little help saying the word because life has a major way of making us feel crazy, think crazy and act crazy.
I don’t mean crazy as in fun-loving, like naming your vacuum cleaner Max or hanging a metal lizard named Lorenzo Agave from your walk-through (I forgot to take a pic, sorry) so that tall people have to say hello to him or risk untangling his ribs from their hair.
Crazy, in this case, is saying yes to everything, becoming so overwhelmed our doctors tell us we’d better slow down – even though we’re in our youthful 30’s – or we’ll die.
Yes, that happened to me. No, I’m not in my 30’s. Yes, I listened to my doctor. Yes, that’s how I got to be … well, more than 30.
Undoing the Crazy
When that kind of crazy happens, we have to undo what we got ourselves into.
How did we get there? By saying yes.
How do we get out? By saying no.
I Want to Say Yes
I want to say yes to:
Caring for myself (that shouldn’t be last, by the way).
Two Wooden Letters
In order to say yes to all of those things, sometimes I have to say no to them, too.
That’s why I have two giant wooden letters – a gift from my young gentleman friend, K – which I painted to look like the fancy metal (read: expensive) letters I fell in love with shopping with my young lady daughter, W.
It was W’s idea to spell NO. We’d been singing a popular song about the word (and a girl whose name is No ) and it absolutely fit the office environment I wanted to create.
Not that I always want to say no. I like saying yes. But I do want to need to choose my yeses carefully.
Cementing the No via a Pen
Cementing the theme into my consciousness, my daughter and I found this pen.
With gift card in hand (yay!), I could – without guilt – say yes. Which this pen definitely does NOT say.
What does it say?
I hope to be able to upload its voice. (Yes, it talks. )
Is it here? Can you see it? Can you hear it?
(It’s my first audio file upload! I feel like I just gave birth. Well, not really. But it is exciting.)
If you don’t see an audio file (a listen-y box with a play button) in the email, that’s because of … science. You’ll need to click here to see the post to listen to the pen.
If you don’t see the listen-y box or hear the pen, please let me know. I must’ve missed a step in the learning process.
If you don’t want to click to hear it, that’s ok. You can say what the pen says and no one will … know.