The 'No' Factor
Connie learns the importance of time-management skills when she takes on more work than she can handle.
Connie is busy, busy, busy! First, her pastor has asked her to be part of an important ministry, visiting the sick and shut-ins, taking them medicine, and running errands for them. Then, Connie volunteers her time to work in the library at Campbell County Community College. Next, she agrees to be in a play Jack Davis is directing for the Odyssey Parks and Recreation Department. Later, Dale Jacobs convinces her to write an article for The Odyssey Times about her experiences at Whit’s End. Finally, Marsha pleads with her to sponsor their Sunday school class picnic. All this is in addition to her school studies and extracurricular activities, church attendance, membership in the youth group, and her job at a certain ice cream shop and discovery emporium.
To say Connie’s schedule is stretched thin would be an extreme understatement! She attacks each task with gusto and fervor, at first. But as time goes on, more and more details of each task begin slipping through the cracks. Soon, Connie is messing up on a regular basis, which culminates when she forgets all about her commitment to the pastor.
Fortunately, the pastor is forgiving. He even offers Connie a remedy for her situation, something he calls “The ‘No’ Factor”, in other words, learning how to say “no.” It’s a lesson Connie has learned the hard way, and hopefully, she’s learned it well.
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- Why did Connie take on so many tasks? And why could she not say no to anyone?
- How could she have avoided becoming over-committed?
- Is it wrong to say “no” when people want you to help them?
- Why or why not?
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|John Whittaker||Eugene Meltsner|
|Bart Rathbone||Eugene Meltsner|
- This episode references the play in which Jack Davis participated in #61: “The Boy Who Didn't Go to Church”. The lines from Jack's play in this episode are taken directly from that episode, implying that his play is the same play put on then by Whit.
- In addition to Jack's play, this episode also references Connie's play "Scattered Seeds" featured in #101: “Scattered Seeds”.
QuotesConnie Kendall: I have all the time I need to do the things I want to do. In fact the only thing wasting my time right now is Y-O-U. So if you'll excuse me, I have work to do.
Eugene Meltsner: Y-O-U?
Connie Kendall: YOU, EUGENE!!
Connie Kendall: The no factor. Did you come up with that yourself?
Pastor: Just the title. The concept has been around for a long time. And I think you should apply it right away.
Connie Kendall: Hey, do you think I can use the no factor the next time my mom asks me to clean my room?
Pastor: <chuckles> No!
Connie Kendall: <in the shower> AHHHH!! TOO COLD! TOO COLD!! AUGHH! TOO HOT! TOO HOT!!! <on the typewriter> Too hot. That's what I think of Whit's End. Nooo...
Connie Kendall: Wow, I'm gonna be published in the paper! I'm gettin' to be as popular as Whit.