Knowing When to Say “No”
Yes, 2020 has been a wild ride, and most of us are looking forward to the new year with baited breath. Though it can be difficult to find the positives, one of the blessings that goes hand-in-hand with these strange times is your increased ability to say “no” without being questioned. If your family has been begging you to travel home for Christmas, for example, and you know that doing so will put you and your sobriety in a precarious position, all you have to say is, “I would love to, but I really don’t feel comfortable traveling yet. I promise I’ll make it out next year.” If you receive an invitation to a holiday gift exchange but you know the spiked eggnog will be flowing, simply say, “I appreciate you thinking of me, but I’m still avoiding parties and other social gatherings until the whole COVID thing mellows out a bit.” There is a very good chance that no one will question your integrity or your (responsible) decision to stay home and binge-watch Christmas classics.