keep it short 52 permission slips

Keep It Short: Say and Do What You Mean

You are hereby granted permission to

Keep It Short

You can say what you mean to say and do what you’re going to do, without a lengthy explanation about why or how—no excuse needed.

The next time you’re making a decision or conjuring up an appropriate reply, you can cut it down to a sentence, and let it sit at that.
It doesn’t have to be abrupt or rude. It doesn’t mean you’re aloof. Blunt isn’t always bad.
You can be direct, honest and gentle all at the same time.

Because you can own your choices about what to express, and what you’re doing, without a testimony about yourself or how you really feel.

You can say no, not this time–“No” is a complete sentence.
You can say you’re not interested, or you’re not feeling up to it. Choose what feels right.
You can take the day off, retire to your room, sign up for a new class, or not answer the phone. No rationale required for a break.

You’re allowed to refrain for giving your reasons or giving your take on the situation.
You have permission to let someone else do the talking while you observe.

Even if you’re an extrovert.
Or maybe, especially if you’re an extrovert.

You can keep it short (and sweet, if that feels right). And that’s all we need to say about that.

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