From an early age, we are conditioned to associate the word “Yes” with good and the word “No” with bad.
In fact, I think that it’s safe to say that, for the duration of childhood, to hear “Yes” is to get your way—and experience joy—and to hear “No” is to experience disappointment.
As we grow older, we begin to learn that things aren’t always so simple. “You won’t always get your way!” we are constantly reminded by our parents, “No, means no.”
As we mature into our late teens and early twenties, “No” slowly starts creeping into our lives.
It is gradual, but its presence becomes very real with time. Before you know it, “No” begins popping up here and there in unexpected places.
Remember that time when you and “No” told your best friend you couldn’t go downtown for his 21st birthday because you had a…
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