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“A Healthy No”

Posted on December 17th, 2013

Geri and I received an email yesterday from Sarah, a New Life member, about her application of EHS into her workplace.

Hi Pete and Geri!

I hope this brightens your day as it did mine! The truth behind boundaries, limits, and emotional health resonates with the affluent parents at the school I teach at! Our students are often committed to many different activities. At our information meeting for our spring musical the past two years, I’ve started painting a picture of “A Healthy No.” I give the students permission to say no if the commitment would be too much for them. Here is an encouraging email I received this morning….

I wanted to thank you for articulating, “A Healthy No,” when you spoke at the Musical Parent’s Meeting last week! I love that phrase and made a note of it when you were speaking. It’s a reasonable and respectful statement for people to both say and hear and in this over scheduled time, and is an important position to take. Several of the moms in a bunch of different circles have been talking about how poignant it is, and I wanted to let you know how much it’s appreciated! Your “Healthy No” statement is resonating with lots of families!

 Thank you so much for all you do!


May God give us all grace to say “A Healthy No” this Christmas season that we might love Him, others, and ourselves well.

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