The Say No Challenge
This month is The Say No Challenge. The idea behind this challenge is that we often find ourselves depressed or anxious or burned-out because we’re too busy. But in an article for The New York Times, Tim Kreider makes a very interesting observation—
Notice it isn’t generally people pulling back-to-back shifts in the I.C.U. or commuting by bus to three minimum-wage jobs who tell you how busy they are; what those people are is not busy but tired. Exhausted. Dead on their feet. It’s almost alway people whose lamented busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they’ve taken on voluntarily, classes and activities they’ve “encouraged” their kids to participate in. They’re busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they’re addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence.
So, this challenge is all about bravely facing whatever you might find in the absence of busyness. You could say no to—
- A favor for a friend
- A party invitation
- A work opportunity
- A personal desire to clean the house before going to bed
In order to complete the challenge, simply “say no” to at least one thing before July 1. Good luck!
(The Jury by Norman Rockwell)