Yup. That's what I said. I said, "Just say no!" And I said it just like that.
I realized afterwards that I needn't have said it all. I needn't have said it, 'cause my peep already had. But better safe than sorry 'cause... you know... peeps can be so silly sometimes. So very, very silly. They can do some pretty silly-willy things. Sometimes without even tryin'.
Lots of peeps out there try to get other peeps to do stuff those other peeps don't really wanna do. They do this for various reasons. Some are good reasons and some are bad. But I'm not talking 'bout the reasons nor am I talking 'bout those peeps doin' the askin'. No, those aren't the peeps central to today's post. In today's post, I'm talking 'bout the peeps who are asked to do the stuff. Asked to do the stuff they don't wanna do.
When asked to do somethin' you don't wanna do, there's a very simple recourse. You just need to say no. If you don't wanna do something, don't do it. It's as simple as that.
Okay, maybe not quite that simple 'cause we've got to bear in mind, there are some things in life we have to do, whether we like it or not. In these situations, we don't get to say no. No is not an option. We just have to do it. Like... my brother Seville has to take a pill every day now to help prevent his pee-pee problems. He doesn't get to say no. He just has to take the pill.
Sometimes we're asked to do things we don't wanna do but feel obliged to do. At times like these, one must weigh the pros and cons of the situation. Does the good of doin' the thing outweigh the bad of doin' it? Perhaps, you feel, the end result is worth it? Like... when my sister Tobias asks me to licka-da-top-o-her-head. For me, I can assure you, the novelty of all this head lickin' business has worn off. I mean, I've got enough personal washin' to do of my own. I really don't need to add to it. Not to mention the extra fur balls! But Toby loves it so much that I almost always give in and give her a good five minutes here and there. An eternity to me but for her, never long enough. But it does make her happy and hearin' the gigantic purrs emanating from my little sister, makes it all worthwhile.
But you know... there's a catch to this sort of obligational doin' of stuff thing. If you have thought about well, and decided to go ahead and do the task after all, 'cause you really felt the end result was worth it, then... YOU DON'T TO COMPLAIN ABOUT IT! It was a decision you made and you have to live with that decision and the rest of the world doesn't wanna hear your complaints. Like... when my peep #1 worked on a certain committee in a certain club for three years. She decided she was gonna do that even though I warned her that it would be tonnes and tonnes of work. She needn't have come complainin' to me when she was bein' run off her feet. She should have thought about that before she agreed to do it. Luckily for the both of us, she's not gonna do that anymore.
Now, there's one last situation one may encounter. What if you're asked to do somethin' you really don't wanna do and quite frankly, really don't care if it ever gets done at all? Well then, that's when you haul out our trusty little word... NO! There's nothin' wrong with sayin' no, especially with this type of thing. You don't even have to give a reason but if you do, for goodness' sake, give the real reason and not some made up excuse. It's perfectly acceptable to say, "No, I don't want to." Believe it or not, not wanting to is a reason.
And by not doin' something you really don't wanna do, you might just be doin' everyone else a big favour. You don't wanna be one of those peeps who agrees to do EVERYTHING and then ends up doin' absolutely nothin', well. You know the kind of peep I'm talking 'bout. I'm sure you've run into a few, here and there. Some of them seem to not know the word no. Most of them, I think, just feel too awkward or guilty to use the word no. But a few of them - and these are the worst ones of all - experience a feeling of self-inflated self-importance by refusing to say the word no. Like the world is gonna stop spinning if they don't take on that last task. Excuse me... I know a little bit about kitty physics and I know that's never gonna happen. The world stops spinning for no peep.
This last sort of peep is the most annoying and dangerous sort of peep the world has ever faced. This is the sort of peep who accepts task after task after task and then... complains 'cause he has too much work to do. Then he makes up excuses 'cause he can't get it all done. And usually, those excuses put the blame on everyone else. Never for a moment does this sort of peep realize that the real reason he can't do all he agreed to do is that he' took on too many tasks in the first place! This is the kind of peep for whom the tail of reality was invented. One day, all these oh-I-have-to-do-it-all-'cause-no-one-else-is-capable sort of peeps will meet up with that tail and then we'll all have a quite a show to see. It's gonna be a good one. I'm planning on gettin' a front row seat. Better rest up, in the meantime.