In his book, Don’t Tell Me to Relax, Ralph de la Rosa discusses the challenges of saying no.
He mentions friends of his who live in an intentional community ‘where they have a custom: when someone says no to something, to anything, the other person responds, “Thank you for taking care of yourself.” ‘
I love it!
Imagine if we could say those words, instead of potentially feeling rejected when somebody tells us no. Imagine somebody responding to you in that way when you say no.
What a way of honoring each other’s boundaries.
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