I used to have a friend who was a jazz saxophone player. I say "used to" because I'm dead to him now. But that's another story entirely, and not really relevent to today's topic. Anyway, before I was dead to him, he shared with me many, many unsolicited facts about himself. One particular fact I found notable: he liked to write down sayings, quotes, regional colloquialisms, etc. in a tiny book that he carried around with him. As he traveled around the country, he wrote down anything that interested him for future reference. He often felt compelled to share quotes from his little book with his friends.
I love quotes. I like to cut out little motivational/inspirational revelations I find and tape them to my bathroom mirror so that I see them every morning. I tape them to my computer screen. I write them down and carry them in my pocket - little affirmations to float me along the on current of my day.
A while back, I happened onto a tidbit that was really helpful. (Unfortunately, I don't know the source - I only remember it was from an unconventional place). Wherever it came from, it was something I really needed to hear and still need to remind myself. Therefore, it's currently posted on my bathroom mirror:
When you say yes to something,
especially something that takes your time,
you're likely saying no to a host of other things by default.
Leave yourself open to saying yes
to the opportunities that really matter.
I tend to be a yes yes yes person. I feel guilty saying no no no. At least, I did before this little cheese curd of wisdom came into my life. So simple, and so profound -- the mirror hath spoken!