A friend asked me today when I was going to start saying “no” when I’m asked to participate in something or do something in addition to my normal work/life. This is a question I get asked often and I’ve discussed it before. I’m not very good at saying no, but I never really could explain why I’m not good at it.
I finally have an answer.
I will say “no” when I no longer have something to say or something I want to contribute.
Presumably, that means when I finally say “no” it will be because I’m dead.