15/04/2015

N for No

No.

Enough is enough, she thought. No more lies or fake stories. No more jealousy and control. No more apologies. Enough pain and sadness. Enough tears. Enough sleepless nights, worrying about what would happen if she did what she deep inside knew that she had to do.

Because it scared her. If she left, what would she do? Where would she go? Her life would be changed forever, and she did not know to what. She would leave something known and head off to an insecure future. But there was no alternative. She knew that now.

He begged her to stay. He promised he would change. Again. No, she said. He became angry. He yelled. He threatened. Crazy desperate scary talks. Violence. She shivered with fear.

No, she said.

And she left that night. Closing the door behind her for the last time, she felt a smile spreading on her face, and she felt a bit sad, but more than anything free and happy.



Is it so? Do we sometimes need to say no, to be happy? 

1-30 April 2015 I participate in the A to Z blogger challenge, and this post is written as a part of that challenge.My theme for the challenge is Happiness. I hope you enjoy coming along. 

41 comments:

  1. Maybe sometimes, walking away from a situation offers you a certain tranquility.. this peace cannot be received when you are in the middle of boiling hot soup..
    But if we consider the situation from the other side, maybe the other person is not happy when you walk away? Likewise, if you stay, the other person will be happy, but you will be deprived of happiness..
    The road to happiness is sought by many who have been deprived of it, but the ones who have reached the destination often make a return journey..

    Too much philosophy, eh?
    Nice blog post! :)

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  2. Powerful story. Saying no can be very brave. Anabel's Travel Blog

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  3. Yes, we definitely need to say No to be happy. A loud and firm No.

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  4. She did the right choice. It is useless staying in a relation where there is no love and respect. Empty promises mean nothing! Good one Eli :)

    New Moon

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  5. She did right. It was a strong action and she showed true bravery. I think we have to say NO sometimes and also listen when that little inner voice says no. It is one of the hardest, but most important, things we have to learn...

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    1. Thanks for visiting and sharing:-)

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  6. She did the right thing. Where there are lies and no trust, there is no point in the relationship.

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  7. It takes lot of courage to say No. Loved the ending :)

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  8. No to someone else sometimes mean yes to oneself.

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  9. Absolutely. And, it takes a brave person to leave, to walk away, and to allow herself to feel that freedom and live out her authentic life.
    Play off the Page

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  10. Oh yes!! We must learn to say no sometimes, so that we can say yes to the things that matters the most to us. And in her case, her happiness and freedom.

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  11. I am glad that she said No in order to say yes to herself! so many women continue to suffer hoping he will change; and its so said they continue in the relationship for kids, family etc...

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    1. Thank you so much dear Genevive:-)

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  12. Yes sometimes it becomes very necessary to say No to be happy. Her choice was right, no relationship is worth the loss of dignity and self-respect.

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  13. Saying no can be difficult but can be the only solution to come out of certain situations. Loved the way you've narrated the story.

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    1. Thank you so much Vinodini dear;:-)

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  14. Definitely, one needs to say "NO!" emphatically out loud and/or in their heart in order to move on. In a case of violence, there is never an excuse, and in order to be happy, one must break those bonds. Otherwise, the cycle of violence perpetuates.

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  15. I'm glad she said no. I applaud her and wish her the very best, Eli! And pray that more women find it within themselves to say 'No'! ♥

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    1. Thanks for visiting dear Corinne:-)

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  16. Dearest Eli,
    To say that 'NO' asked for a lot of courage and I guess by mustering all that together, she was already on the road to happiness and for feeling secure and strong. Lots of emotions coming together as there usually is no single recipe for happiness either!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Thank you dear Mariette, always happy to see you here:-)

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  17. Wonderful story and I really love the quote on at the end.

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  18. That's a great post and I totally agree with you! Saying 'No' leads to happiness..
    Glad she said no..

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    1. Thank you so much dear Parul:-)

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  19. Saying no to nonsense is very important. Reading this make me fear that I am kinda getting trapped in such a situation, but if I see a red flag, I will say NO.
    Enjoyed reading your post.
    Do stop by...
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    1. I hope you will, thanks a lot for visiting:-)

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  20. Everyone deserves to be happy and if saying "NO" is the way to get there, then absolutely go for it! It does take guts, though, especially if there's the threat of violence. All the more reason to do it!

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    1. Thanks a lot Debbie, so happy to see you here:-)

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    2. Thanks a lot Debbie, so happy to see you here:-)

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