Hi. I’m Franticmmy and I’m a Serial “Yes Girl”……
I don’t think you need to be a parent to feel the crunch of lack-o-time these days. Normal every day life paired with the constant requests from outside sources equal not enough hours in the day.
The problem is…I’m a Puss.
Pushover. Softy. Wimp.
I like people. I like helping people. I help people because it’s the right thing to do.
But even with “all of the above” there comes a time when we need to say to people “whoa in the mudhole!!!” (or, in normal-people-terms…I am full-up on obligations. Ask me in a month.)
That’s why. I need a Bouncer.
A dude named Al who looks like this:
Or maybe a more Yumolicious version like this:
My Als would step in and be tough when I couldn’t. They would fold their beefy arms, glare, and say “NO!!!” when I find myself too weak and chicken-crap to do so myself.
Needy Person: We need a volunteer for our committee.
AL: NO! She’s busy, Move along now.
Needy Person: Could you watch my kid Saturday afternoon? The same one who had cooties a month ago?
ME: Um..er…sure. Lice shampoos do great things these days..
AL: NO! Cooties BAD. Move along now.
NeedyClient: Could you collate my socks, mail to my mailing list, hand deliver 40 things…on Sunday?
ME: Well…umm… I guess I could squeeze it in…
AL: NO! Sunday is day of rest. And foot massage day. Take a long walk off a short dock!
My Al will keep me in line and never allow me to double-book, over-book, or work on weekends.
And then my Al would rub my feet (hence “foot massage day”) and fetch me a Latte….
..sorry. drifted off there for a second.
But from what I hear, Als are expensive..and they eat a lot too. I guess I will have to fight my own battles.
I will still have a hard time saying no, but practice makes perfect. 🙂