Over the past two years, I feel as though I’ve been downsized—like an emotional downsizing. Time has new meaning in the “new normal” and the way I spend it has become crucial, led by a feeling of urgency. It’s as if I don’t have any time to waste.
Small talk feels more like a burden, and it has become easier to say no to spending time with unpleasant company. I have no patience for those who are phony or cheap. It’s so easy to spot them these days, making it very clear just who I do wish to spend time with—people who show up with authenticity and transparency.
Do you know how to say no?