The Price of Saying Yes | Mila Atmos

January 27, 2015 10:00 PM

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The Price of Saying Yes | Mila Atmos

I have a tough time saying no. If someone asks me to do something, I just add it to my long list of things to get done. Today, I need to feed the kids breakfast, drop them off at school, walk the dog, return to school to help stitch moccasins, go to the gym, write a proposal, approve a budget, take my son to the dentist, help with homework, cook dinner and go to a party. Sounds like a lot. But no worries, I pride myself on being hyper-efficient and getting it all done. I am constantly running around with no apparent end or destination. It is no wonder I often feel overwhelmed and resentful.

I am not alone. We are collectively and generously giving our time, our emotions and our resources. We give to the point of sacrificing ourselves, to our children, our careers, our aging parents, and our community at large. We feel that we are living up to the expectations that are made of us and we...

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