The Art Of Gracefully Declining (Saving Your Sanity, Part 1)

Everything I learned about gracefully declining (that is, saying no), I learned from Alan*. Alan lives at L'Arche, and he has a fantastic sense of humor, an engaging mind, and intellectual disabilities. He is my friend and my teacher. As such, I'll never forget the afternoon Alan gave his quintessential, "Thanks but no thanks." We were sitting together in the living room at L'Arche. Bill, another man with disabilities, was talking with Alan about the computer that Alan's parents had just set up in Alan's room. I could tell that Bill was a bit jealous, as he wanted a computer...
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