Just Say No

The math of time is simple: you have less than you think and need more than you know. We are not taught to say “no.” We are taught not to say “no.” “No” is rude. “No” is a rebuff, a rebuttal, a minor act of verbal violence. “No” is for drugs and strangers with candy.

Creators do not ask how much time something takes but how much creation it costs. This interview, this letter, this trip to the movies, this dinner with friends, this party, this last day of summer. How much less will I create unless I say “no?” A sketch? A stanza? A paragraph? An experiment? Twenty lines of code? The answer is always the same: “yes” makes less. We do not have enough time as it is. There are groceries to buy, gas tanks to fill, families to love and day jobs to do.

Read the rest here. Make your weekend plans accordingly.

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6 responses to “Just Say No

  1. When I say no, people say I am “contumacious” (that’s my new word for the week, if not the year! Isn’t this supposed to be a writing blog, Indy? If so, shouldn’t we be using big words like this?).

    From somewhere on a train between St Pancras (isn’t that an digestive organ?) and York…

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