There is an element of no in every yes that we say. I was reminded of that this week as I sat with a friend, mourning over the converging realities of a new diagnosis and a new job. To say yes to pursuing her health, she had to say no to the new job. Many of us would like to be able to do everything without limits, but the reality is that we are finite, with a fixed amount of time, energy, and resources. Sometimes we need to choose between good things. For example, I am currently saying yes to my husband’s graduate school classes, and we are saying no to a family trip to Yosemite National Park so that we can realize the yes to graduate school. As I consider my personal limits, I am learning to be more intentional when I...

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