It’s time to participate in the April A-Z Blog Challenge. I will be blogging every day in April, with Sunday’s off.
The topic for each day will begin with the designated letter of the alphabet.
This Wednesday’s letter is N.
You’ve been in this situation, I know you have.
I recently joined a group of knitters who meet once a week on Wednesday afternoons at the club house in my community.
The Yarn Wenches have been getting together for the last 10 years. I had been thinking about joining this group but, I hesitated for a couple reasons. First, I am normally not a joiner. Second, I wasn’t sure that it would be easy for a newbie to fit into an established circle of friends. I hoped that having a love of knitting as a common interest would make my endeavor to join a good choice.
I went to my first meeting a couple of weeks ago. I was warmly welcomed by everyone.
One woman in particular decided to take me under her wing. She actually greeted me with a hug.
Until I get to know someone and build a trust with that person, I am protective of my personal space.
That’s why I was little put off by the hug. But I enjoyed the time I spent with the ladies and by the end of our session, I was already looking forward to the next meeting.
As we were gathering our projects together and packing up, the hugger grabbed my arm and asked me if would like to stop by her house for a cup of tea.
I had no plans for the rest of the afternoon, but I was a little leery of beginning a relationship with this woman.
She caught me off guard. I didn’t think quickly enough to come up with an excuse. Besides, I am too honest and would not be comfortable fibbing.
We had a nice visit. She suggested that we exchange phone numbers. She walked me to my car and wanted to know if I would like to go to the mall with her on Friday.
This time I was ready with an “Let me get back to you.”
About 20 years ago I attended an “Assertiveness Training” course. One of the things I learned in the class was that it is okay to say things like “Let me think about it,” or “I’m not sure right now.”
Those phrases are really a way to say No without having to say No.
How do you say No?
Why not check out some of the other 2033 participants in the April 2014 A-Z Blog Challenge.