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The Power of No

on July 23, 2013

I don’t have any brilliant, in depth observations tonight.  Ha!  That makes it sound like I think I have brilliant, in depth observations on other nights.  Observations, maybe, but I don’t know where they’d rank on the brilliance scale.

Tonight, I just want to share about a little game I played earlier this evening.  I ran up to KMart earlier to see if they had embroidery hoops.  I should have known better, but I remember to pick up a couple of other things that I need.

Anyway, in order to get to the sewing section, I had to walk through the aisles of food.  Food packaging is oh so colorful and eye catching — particularly those bright bags of M&Ms, cookies, and other sweets.   Tonight I was on a mission to find a hoop, so I wasn’t ambling up and down in browsing mode.  I walked with purpose at a decent pace.  For some reason while I walked past the shelves of food, I started chanting in my head.  “No, no, no, no” in time with my steps.

When I realized what I was doing, I laughed and made a game of it, putting particular emphasis on the “No” when I spied a particular favorite.  Left, right.  Left right.  “No, no, no, hell no, no, no, no.”

If I’d done this out loud, people would have thought me nuts.  I would have called me nuts.  Since I was the only one who knew, I actually had fun with it.  No matter how silly it might seem, the “No” refrain worked.  After all, I didn’t buy any of that food, did I?

My takeaway lesson from this is that the technique can be serious or silly, but if it works, that’s all that matters.  Tonight, it was all about the power of No.

4 responses to “The Power of No

  1. Hope says:


  2. I have all kinds of hoops plastic or wood for embroidery I assume. Let me know I will bring it to you in September . Let me know what size also. I inherited all knitting sewing embroidery and crochet from my mom. So I would love to share.

    I play games like that too. One time walking the mall I did fail. Paid for it later, and know when I walk the mall for exercise I walk by the place and say h e double toothpick no!

    I also discovered something funny the other night. I use my hot tub a lot to help with pain and insomnia late at night. I don’t float as well in water! Funny how it used to feel great to not need a float in pool or hot tub. Now I consciously realize that was a bad thing. Fat floats? I guess so.

  3. Skye says:

    “If it works, that’s all that matters.” Exactly. Glad it worked. And glad you had fun with it, because I think that makes many things work better!

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