Lately, one of the most challenging things that I find myself doing is attempting to balance my time and efforts between bettering myself and helping…

Lately, one of the most challenging things that I find myself doing is attempting to balance my time and efforts between bettering myself and helping others better themselves. At one time I thought the latter could be used as a means to achieve the former. Oh how wrong was I. Often I try to please my friends, people that I see as friends, as much as I can, regardless of whether or not I receive the same treatment back. However now it’s becoming a bit more than I can bear, being on a highway where all the cars are outbound. I wouldn’t say I’m unhappy with my friends, but rather I’m unhappy with myself as I can never remember how to just say “No”, or “I can’t right now”. I’d rather not disappoint people, though in a way I feel as though I’m disappointing myself. How do you say no to helping someone who would otherwise fail? I bet you’re all thinking, you check your own workload and base the decision on that. I seem to have a blind eye for my own problems. It wouldn’t feel right for me to start saying no all of a sudden, it’s not in my nature, though should I risk extinction because of it? I think it may be time for a change. All in favor?   – Eric