Dear Friends, Family, Neighbors, And Gentle Readers:
Are you taking on too much in your life? Are everyone else’s problems becoming your own? Is your health beginning to suffer because you take care of everyone else, but no one takes care of you? If so, then you’re an overfunctioner.
Practically everyone in my life is an overfunctioner, and I’m beginning to realize how hard it is to gear back from one’s overfunctioning ways.
I think we can learn to wean ourselves from our overfunctioning habits by starting a group called Overfunctioners Anonymous!
- We can hold our meetings on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 9AM and 7PM, and Fridays. Oh, and one member can’t make any of those times because of prior commitments, so I’ll have a separate meeting just for her on Saturday at noon.
- We can have snacks! Every meeting we’ll pass around a sign-up sheet. So far for the next meeting we have three batches of cookies, a pie, two lasagnas, three loaves of banana bread, and Francine ordered a pizza.
- Lydia has no one to babysit for her so she can attend the meetings, so she’s going to bring them all with her, and Julie said it will be no trouble to take care of the kids in the back.
- Are you having problems pitching in to care for your neighbor’s dying grandfather? Tell us about it, and five or six people are sure to sign up to help take over!
- Maureen can’t drive, so ten people have offered to drive her to meetings at the same time that they pick up Jen, Jean, Jane and Jessica.
I think this is going to catch on. Now I just need to notify another hundred people, clean my house, arrange transportation, design a website, read three books on overfunctioning, and spend a couple of hours on the phone counseling some of our group members in between meetings.
No thanks, I don’t need any help. It’s no trouble, really!