When He Says No

June 8, 2013

in the generous life

Our local youth center was having a rummage sale, so I invited my sweetie to go with me. I figured it was a great way to support them and there is usually a book or two I can’t live without.

Well, my husband said, “NO.”

At first I was a bit hurt. It wouldn’t take that long and I wanted to spend some time with him (we’re talking time with me AND a rummage sale, I mean come on). Then I took a breath and let it go. He had a very busy day and he needed the time to work on a project or two or three. I understood.

So I went by myself. I ran into and chatted with a couple of friends and generally had fun mutzing through all the goodies. I told my husband all about it over lunch and showed him the books I’d found.

It can be tough to be told no, but it’s important to learn to take that no graciously. It would have been nice to go with him, but there are always other options and I need to be understanding of his needs and responsibilities.

Think in terms of opportunities and solutions instead of problems, disappointment, and failure.  Lorii Myers

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Zaylie June 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

What would be the response, if it had been the hubby asking the wife to go to an activity with him, and she said, “No.” What is your take on that situation? :)

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The Generous Wife June 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm

@Zaylie Same thing. Grownups need to learn to deal with disappointment in a gracious way.

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