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Not Today…A Quote For All Seasons and All Women

Angelina with Christmas gift hatsAs the year winds down, reflection starts to set in. We ponder what might have been done differently, the boundaries we set or not, and the plans we want to implement in the New Year. I offer up a tiny tool with big impact to aid you from adding more to your daily routine. It is something I will be using today, tomorrow, and into the New Year as it is forever cemented into my vernacular. 

On Christmas Eve, a little girl taught me a big girl quote. My two-year-old niece, Angelina, has mysteriously come up with the perfect quote for women of all ages to draw on in awkward moments. After opening a gift of less than thrilling wool hats, she was asked if she would like to try them on. She politely, but firmly stated, “Not today.” You can see her reaction to these hats in the above photo.

It wasn’t off-putting, insulting, or offensive, but rather definitive, simple, and clear without a trace of guilt, worry, or second-guessing herself. These two little words shoot straight to the point. There is no mixed message or cloudy intent. It is an answer that conveys neither a positive nor a negative point of view on the topic, and yet speaks volumes about your position.

We have all had a tongue-tied moment, a thorny incident, or a tricky confrontation where “Not today,” could have saved stress, time, and energy. Looking back, I think…Aha, if only I had said “Not today” in so many of these situations. Well now I will, and you can, too. So today, tomorrow, and into the New Year, whenever you are put on the spot, remember to practice this quote…simply say, “Not today.”

Try it out and let us know what happens or share another response you use that is effective. Thanks!

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suzyblujeanz

There are times when I have a tendency to blow up at my father. These times usually transpire when he is pushing me to do something his way and on his time frame over a situation which has absolutely nothing to do with him and frankly, is none of his business. Such an occasion occurred yesterday. Remembering your recent blog, I responded to my father by saying "it will happen, but not today." The phrase worked like a charm! I made my point without growing defense and angry and he accepted my words. Granted, I had to make the comment twice but the conversation continued on to the next subject without me losing my cool; sparing him from any hurt feelings and me from any guilty ones. Thank you for sharing your story about Miss Angelina!

Luci Weston

To Donna, Staci, and Rivergirl...All very true. I am so glad I was there to hear this on Xmas Eve and share it you!

Rivergirl

Words to live by Angelina...
Life is too short.

Staci

Way to go, lil Miss Angelina!!! I still need to work on that one. When I am asked to do things I know I don't have time for, but feel bad saying no to, I need to respond with "Not Today!!!"

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This is a great reminder of the power we all have to make positive choices. My kids do this pretty well by saying, "Not right now." Same kind of principle. Thanks for this important confirmation. From the mouths of babes as they say! Happy New Year!

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