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When The World Asks for Too Much?

Everyone wants 110% of you. Everyone wants your time, your efforts, your energy. When you break it down it’s quite simple. You can’t keep the pace up. But at the same time the reality is also simple. You’ll try. What it boils down in the end is that you are completely drained. So stop, think and determine where your efforts will go.

Everyone wants 110% of you. Everyone wants your time, your efforts, your energy. Everyone wants you to give them your best. And you try. Some you do out of a sense of duty. Some you do out of love. Some you do out of a sheer perverse sense that at least this way you can be certain that the job is done right. You’re pulled in a million different directions, each one demanding more and more of you until something has to give. Something has to break. And at the rate you’re going it’s likely that it’s going to be you.

When you break it down it’s quite simple. You can’t keep the pace up. You can’t do insane work hours followed by running around for everyone else. You can’t continue to repeatedly bail others out and be constantly on stand by. You can’t work yourself into the ground with little or no respite. You can’t give more of yourself than you actually have to start with. This is the path that leads to complete mental exhaustion and eventual burn out.

But at the same time the reality is also simple. You’ll try. You’ll push yourself to your absolute limits and beyond. You’ll end up walking around like a living zombie as you desperately try to keep up with the demands of everyone around you. You’ll work yourself into the ground and you won’t get a word of thanks for the largest majority of the time. If you’re lucky you’ll get an approving nod, a sign that you’ve done it right. But the thanks are few and far between.

What it boils down in the end is that you are completely drained. You can’t give anymore because you have nothing left to give. Your energy is gone and your time is spoken for and all you want to do is curl up in bed and sleep. You can’t keep it up. In some section of your brain you know this but at the same time you don’t want to let anyone down so you keep trying even though you are falling asleep on your feet. Even though you simply can’t do it anymore. Even though you’re one step away from falling where you stand.

Occasionally though, you have to let people down. Occasionally you have to think of yourself. Occasionally you have to say no. Others won’t think any less of you for doing so, if anything it might actually force them to realise exactly what you are doing for them. It’s difficult but there’s only so far you can run yourself before you need to stop and rest. At some point you need to stop and recharge because no matter what you might think, you are not Superman and you cannot run forever.

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  1. You will get burnt out if you continued running around and trying to do for everyone.

  2. you re preaching to a 33rd degree mason. :)

  3. One can only be very effective if she have unwind.no matter how you push yourself…sometimes it would never absorbs anything bec of exhaustion..

  4. Like it dear.

  5. True :)

  6. well mentioned sometimes it is hard to cope with everything

  7. excellent article! have been through a similar experience recently that is why I was so keen to read this

  8. I agree :)

  9. this is a good article

  10. I agree. We can only do so much. We should also learn how to say “no” from time to time.

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