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I said No
The no that brought me freedom
The no that liberated me
The no that gave me a new hope
And made me live my dreams

I had said yes
Yes for too long
Yes to the things I shouldn’t have said yes to
But never had the will power to say otherwise
The yes that never gave me an opportunity
The yes that never allowed my opinion count
The yes that didn’t allow me do it my own way
The yes that never allowed me think
They yes that was too loud for me to hear myself

So I stayed off troubles saying yes
I begged for favors saying yes
So I said yes when it was not convenient
I said yes even in my discomfort
I became everything to no one saying yes
I became nothing to everyone saying yes

I thought my yes would bring me approval
I thought my yes would bring me recognition
I thought my yes would bring me acceptance
So I went about saying yes
Yes to everything
But alas my yes only tied me down
It made me a slave to the opinion of many
It made me bound to their perception about me

I said No
Happy I did

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  1. Very true words. It's convenient to say " YES" but it takes courage to say "NO". I loved reading it.


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I struggled for too long Being who I wasn’t Fitting  my circle into other people's 
perfect squares -- into all their
expectations for me Their perception was all that mattered What they will see and say Their standard for success and achievement
I showed up acting who I wasn’t Like a dancing monkey under obligations to perform magic To gain their recognition and affirmations for being who I wasn’t Against being Me
I broke the chains and gained freedom the day I stopped looking at myself through other people’s lenses because I discovered people wore lenses tinted and shaded to suit them not Me
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Housed in a container Moved in it Identified by its aesthetics But sometimes lost in it Who exactly am I the container or the content
Sometimes I try so hard to figure exactly what it is about this combo Sometimes complicating other times compelling sometimes conflicting other times cooperating
Influenced by the countless conversations with  the inner and the  outer the seen and the unseen the known and the unknown Then I discover It goes beyond this container there is something about content
As adorned as this container maybe embellished with so much beauty the content remains the substance that give it credibility Beyond the container that interacts is the content that keeps the flow is the content that leaves  memorable impacts
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