Glutton for punishment

What is that old saying, if you want something done give it to a busy person!  OMG, I wonder what on earth goes through my mind sometimes!  Let me break it down for you.

Before having children I was the person who was on every committee, involved in a number of different sporting clubs, not for profit organisations or networking groups.  When we first moved up to the mighty Murray River, the way that I integrated myself into the community was to get involved.  Within 6 months of moving here I found a job, was accepted into a community leadership program, helped establish and became the president of a sporting club and became the president and committee member of a number of a community groups.  Whew! Yes, I was that person!

So when mid-last year, one of the groups that I had invested nearly four years in as president was on the brink of shutting down I knew I couldn’t sit back and do nothing.  So I committed to another term on the committee after being away for a couple of years on the proviso that I couldn’t help out with hosting evening events or have a hands on role.  I suggested that I could help out with the backend and answer emails, update social media and help find some grant funding.

So please tell me what on earth I was thinking when I agreed to help run the 40th Anniversary celebrations or why, knowing how busy I am take on follow up tasks when I have a million and one other things that need to be done.  TELL ME WHY!!!!??????

This community group means a lot to me.  I invested a lot of time and effort into it when I inherited the responsibility and I too have been in the situation where there were only two of us left to run things because people couldn’t/wouldn’t commit to committee roles.  I get it, it’s the nature of community groups and we’re but one in thousands of committees that go through the struggle of finding committee members.  I don’t resent being asked to help out again but seriously, with everything I have going on at work and trying to find the time to do my own thing I have to wonder why I am so keen to put my hand sup and offer to help

Yep, I can follow this up or sure, I know that person so I can ask them’.

I hear myself say it and I give myself a mental slap, but I still commit to the task anyway.  I get that busy people seem to get stuff done but I seriously need another task in my life like I need a hole in the head.  But, what is done is done so I thought I’d google the origin of this well known idiom so that at least I know the background:

glutton for punishment

Someone who habitually takes on burdensome or unpleasant tasks or unreasonable amounts of work. For example, Rose agreed to organize the church fair for the third year in a row-she’s a glutton for punishment.
 (Or Nardia agreed to take on a tonne of tasks she really hasn’t got time for to organise the 40th Anniversary which is only two months away-she’s a glutton for punishment). This expression originated as glutton for work in the late 1800s, punishment being substituted about a century later. SOURCE: The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Are you one of those busy people who seems to take on even more than what you manage normally?  Has anyone ever learnt the art of saying no?

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