Mike Murdock once observed, "You are always one conversation away to a changed life." I put it this way "You are always one relationship away to getting whatever you want out of life." Apparently, nothing in nature grows, progress, or develops independently? The food chain, the water cycle perfectly illustrates how one member of the chain depends on each other to survive or stay functional.
All of God's creation is dependent on external influences to survive. Man get oxygen from nature, and in return gives back carbon dioxide. Plants get nutrients from the soil to germinate, but the soil also is fertilized by decomposed plants and microorganism. As it is in nature, so also it is with human advancement. Inter-dependency, that's God's model of creation.
Anna Taylor once said, “Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.” When saying yes becomes your default unconscious response, your chances of succeeding in life are slim. Not all life opportunities are yours for the taking. You need to say no to some that present itself.
Suzette R. Hinton has rightly observed, “We must say "no" to what, in our heart, we don't want. We must say "no" to doing things out of obligation, thereby cheating those important to us of the purest expression of our love. We must say "no" to treating ourselves, our health, our needs as not as important as someone else's. We must say “no.”
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