Okay, I have gotten four gifts of the Anne Taintor Stop Me Before I Volunteer Again – notecards, post-it notes, a pin and a cute as anything bag. Then four different people told me about this article from The New York Times about Moms over-volunteering – Frazzled Moms Push Back Against Volunteering, I think I sense a theme – I’m quick like that.
So it isn’t just me – phew! – I thought I was a particular pushover (which is true but still) – I am glad to know I am not alone in feeling the pressure. So what am I doing to lessen this? Well, forgetting stuff helps. Seriously, I forgot to sign up for a recent event… so that really freed up some time! Really, I am re-thinking taking on a new (very involved) volunteer opportunity so I can make time for…other volunteer opportunities? No. Don’t get me wrong, I love to help out but sometimes it is too much. So, if you step back, evaluate if the task fits in with what you already have on your plate and then decide. I don’t do this, of course, which is why my friends are just shy of staging a volunteer intervention. But don’t go by me. Save yourself!
In the meantime I am writing a great joint post with Pragmatic Mom about holiday gifts for difficult to buy for people, I owe an article to KidoInfo on Traditions ( I haven’t forgotten – just over-booked!), meeting minutes to a committee and am working on an article on donuts (Sufganyiot – special Hanukah donuts). I have no business taking on one more thing.
So instead, I give you these wonderful music videos sent by friends who always knows about the coolest stuff first.
Classic – Adam Sandler’s Hanukah song
and super talented Matsiyahu in Miracle
I also really love this for Christmas. A group surprised shoppers at a mall with a beautiful performance of the Hallelujah Chorus in a Food Court!