Feeling Unappreciated, Taken Advantage of, or Overburdened?

December 8, 2014 8:02 PM

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(Charlie): The other day I caught myself feeling like a victim. Again. I've been writing and teaching about responsibility and accountability long enough to know that whenever I feel victimized by someone or something, there's usually (like about 99.9 percent of the time) something for me to learn from that experience. And about 99.8 percent of the time, I'm not, at least initially, very enthusiastic to find out what the lesson is. This particular instance was no exception. I was feeling overloaded, overtired, and resentful, all of which I've come to recognize as symptoms of putting more on my plate than is really good for me.

Admittedly, there is a part of me that is attached to seeing myself as a good guy who can be there for anyone, anytime, with whatever is needed. I guess you could say that I'm a recovering helper. And I've even got a graduate degree in social work to prove it! As a very experienced helper, I'm gener...

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