Etiquette School is in session! > "I'm afraid that won't be possible."

It's funny this new category should come up today...

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Brentwood:
About an hour before the this folder appeared on the forum, I received a call from a lady from church. She was inquiring about my availability to volunteer for a project I have helped with in the past. I more often than not find myself biting off more than I can chew, simply because I don't like to say "no" to these things without an "excuse."

This year, however, I have taken on quite a bit in the way of assisting the Girl Scout leader, and I have increased my hours at work. I simply will not have time to do the church project. I found myself saying (pleasantly, of course), "I'm sorry, Barbara, but I won't be able to do that this year." I did not feel obligated to give a litany of reasons.

It was surprisingly easy.

wellisawstar:
*applause* Way to stand up for yourself! :D

Raintree:
Whoo-hoo!! Three cheers for this forum. Sometimes we take on too much because we feel bad about saying no (at least I do) and then find ourselves running ragged trying to get it all done.

Tanya:
I think that reponse was great.  You don't have to give reasons why.  Politely declining should be enough.

TorreyGlory:
Kudos to you!  How did she respond?

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