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The Juice Ain’t Worth the Squeeze 

I had never heard this particular saying until a friend used it in conversation. She was referring to the headache (the squeeze) she would have to deal with in order to ask for childcare help (the juice) from a family member. 

The saying not only made me giggle but also sounded so relevant in the therapy setting and our day to day choices. We must constantly negotiate our way through this complex world, deciding for ourselves if the juice we want is worth the squeeze, we don't want.

We must know ourselves enough to know when enough is enough. We all have a limited amount of energy, resources, and time. Women in particular have a harder time saying “no” and have people pleasing tendencies (we can save that for another conversation). It's helpful to have a good embodied sense of self so as not to waste effort on a fruitless venture. 

I encourage you, dear friend, to protect your energy and time. It is okay to walk away if the juice ain’t worth the squeeze. 




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