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Friday, February 27, 2009



I am a recovering volunteer-aholic. My children's daycare center has been the main beneficiary. Last year the daycare fundraiser I ran raised $25,000 so this year they asked me to chair it again. Remembering how exhausting and time-consuming it was, and how much it took me away from my family, I declined. I was SO proud of myself -- I think it's the first time I was able to say no to a direct volunteer request without feeling enormously guilty afterwards. (I did feel slightly guilty, though.)

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I would never suggest an end to such volunteering - imagine the chaos that would result! However, a more judicious expenditure of our efforts can improve our emotional and physical health.

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