The Disease to Please

21 Jun

From the Heart

Louise Gibson

author of Window Wonders

                                     I am suffering a debilitating disease-
                                     Self-diagnosed as “The disease to please”.
                                     I can’t even tell you when it began-
                                     I never knew it was common to man.
                                     It compels you to say “yes” to every request-
                                     It silently steals your time and your zest
                                     I struggled for years to form the word “No”-
                                     When I finally did, it amazed me so.
                                    I actually believe that is the cure for me-
                                    That one little word has set me free!
                                    Time is so precious, I must take control-
                                    New freedom for mind, spirit, and soul.
                                    Be aware, dear friends, I am working on me.
                                    No longer a prisoner to “yes”- I am free!
                                                “Pardon me, what was it that you wanted to know?
                                               I can’t hear you…..but the answer is NO.”

3 Responses to “The Disease to Please”

  1. ludyja June 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    Oh the power of the word NO! I learned that a long time ago, as well.


  2. Louise Gib son June 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    I tried being totally honest one day (after being a “yes” person most of my life) It was a delightful moment. A group of us were on my patio. The girls were trying to decide who should be responsible to get a job done. My daughter pointed at me and said, “Mom will do it!”, to which I replied, “OH , NO!!! That’s YOUR baby! YOU rock it!” That was years ago, and I am still smiling!


  3. oldthingsrnew June 21, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    The Disease to Please is so deeply seated sometimes we don’t realize we have it. Then there is the other side of it. How does one NOT take advantage of someones sincere desire to please? I think being totally honest might work.


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