Sometimes I truly hate what I do. It makes me defensive and grumpy because there is no easy way to tell someone that they have a cancerous Koi pond. Yet, that's what I often have to do and they don't want to hear it. They feel fine, the pond has been fine, what's the problem? Why should they have to go through all this additional hassle and expense to cure some problem they never knew they had?
The answer often lies in the simple word 'No.'. It's such a wonderful, powerful word. Two letters long, but strong beyond other words or even words combined into sentences.
It's an affirmation. It's negative and positive at the same time. It can set you free and it can make you miserable. But whatever it is, 'No' has a way of re-defining a problem from shades of grey to absolute.
I've come to the conclusion that I'm a No fan. I like the word. It defines what we do and how we do it. No.
We don't do shortcuts. No. That is not the correct way to do ABC.
No. You cannot make a square peg fit a round hole.
No. There are no half measures. Either do it right or don't do it at all.
No. You do not have to accept cancer. No. It can be beaten. No. It will not be easy. No. You cannot continue as you have been.
These are all positive affirmations. And they can be applied to Koi ponds just as effectively. It comes down to a decision that only you can make. No. It will not continue as it has. Or No. It will not be changed.
I like it. There is something about saying No that really works. You're forced into an absolute. There is no doubt. It's either No or it isn't. No is honesty. No is transparent. No. No is often your best friend.