The Anatomy Of No


Why is it that a word with only two letters and one syllable can be so complex?  I don’t know the answer to that, but it is.  I have come to believe however, that it is not the word itself that is the problem, it is how it is delivered.

I have been on the receiving end of my share of “no” responses over the years, and in many of those cases, I expected that what I was asking was not going to meet with immediate acceptance.  But what sticks with me yet today is not the rejection, but the delivery of it.  People have difficulty saying “no” tactfully. In some cases I suspect, it is because they do not want to say “no” but have to, so they feel trapped and respond with anything from a curt “no” to something like “what would make you even ask me a…

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About oldmainer

I am retired and live in southern Maine with my wife and two dogs. I started Oldmainer as an outlet for my occasional opinions and random observations, with some poetry thrown in. I welcome anyone that wants to kick back and join me here on the porch, exploring all the gifts we have been given and the memories collected. Thanks for stopping by.
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