A few weeks ago, I was at a work-related function. Someone asked if I wanted a drink. I said “no thanks.” The person replied “what, do you have a marathon or something tomorrow?”
At the time, I laughed without thinking twice. No, I didn’t have a marathon the next day, I simply didn’t want a drink.
The holiday season is approaching. Even if it weren’t, let’s remember to accept “no thank you” as a perfectly legitimate answer when a colleague is asked if he or she wants a drink.