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Musing: No Isn’t Always Acceptable

Being nice is good. Saying yes to every request is also nice because every act of kindness is fulfilling even when the process is sacrificial. Feeling of satisfaction and contentment follows every act of kindness.

But when on the contrary one feels regrets, sad and bitter before, during or after what was supposed to be an act of kindness, it means that it’s not done willingly and one shouldn’t do something good for someone else that one would regret doing.

But the thing is, ‘no’ is never an acceptable answer to a request. Some people look at the person who says no as bad. They won’t understand why.

If B asks A for something, something B knows A can offer, A is not expected to say no, he’s expected to say yes to continue to be that good loving person.

If A says no to B’s request, it’s likely that B will feel bad and even take an offence, but in pretence may say, “it’s okay. I’ll manage” – an externally show, deep inside B will be thinking, “You have what I’m asking for, yet you’ve denied me of it, you’re just being wicked.”

So instead of saying no, A may say yes and make a promise that he or she will end up not fulfilling for fear of being labelled a bad person. But failing to keep a promise is worse that saying no.

It’s better to say no than give empty promises.


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