I believe this quote to be true. Although this could apply to mothers in general, being a Pisces mother can magnify this fact ten times more. Sometimes I don't realize I'm doing it. I love helping people, and most of the time I don't think it's going to be that hard. But sometimes, I get in over my head and then I just end up working myself into physical and emotional exhaustion. And I know that I can spread myself thin sometimes, but my cousin made me realize how much I do put other people's desires higher than my own.
It wasn't a serious talk or some deep discussion we were having. I was telling my cousin about my Dad asking me to help them out with some dances for a dinner dance/luau they were going to have at their church. My dancing days are so over it's not even funny. And my initial answer was no of course. But me being me, I think I can do anything. I could do some research, make up some choreography for a hula, and something else, and then I could skype or video chat with my sister and teach her the dance so I didn't have to drive over an hour. Yada yada yada, my brain keeps trying to figure out ways to help out my Dad. As I'm telling this to my cousin she just says, "But you are too busy with five kids". That's it. That's all she said. Not only once, but twice. After I mentioned something else about maybe getting a part time job. That's all she said. So simple for her to just say it. But how is it that it doesn't just click in my head that way. Knock, knock, hello there you...yea you who is trying to do too much. STOP IT!
I don't really know if I can. It's become habit I guess. If I'm not helping somebody with something I kind of feel like a slacker. Which is why I volunteered to help with my kids and their annual Variety Show at their school. Turns out I was THE ONLY parent that sent in the paper to volunteer. I don't know if that's a sign for me to stop with the extra work on top of my number one job, but I'm still going to help out. I've already told my kids I was going to help. And it will probably be the last thing for a while. Oh wait I volunteered with my daughters dance group too. Okay after that. That one will be the last time.
Well we will see how well that goes. Wish me luck!