A week from now, people will be exchanging gifts with friends, strangers and loved ones. Here’s an idea–what gift are you giving yourself? And I don’t mean the thing you bought yourself, then put a tag on it saying, To chehaw From Santa. What gift are you giving yourself that you can’t put a price tag on, or return it because it’s too small or too garish?

This is the gift I gave myself this year: the power to say no. I’ve highlighted it before. In saying no, I didn’t check my self-respect at the door. My heart may still not have what it desires, but it remains intact. And as whole as ever. I say that with a smile on my face.


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