Just like my dog a lot of people in our lives want more. They want more of our time, more of our energy, more of our money, and certainly more of our attention. The obvious response to this problem is to push the dog off the chair...or to just say no!
Here's the thing...all these people that want more from us also flatter us while asking for our time, money, or attention. They say, "I need your help on this project" and we feel wanted. They say, "We would love to have your child be a part of this program" and we feel validated as parents as we write yet another check. They say, "Dad look, look, look, look...." and we feel needed.
All of these things in moderation are good, but sometimes you find yourself sitting on the edge of your chair and it is then when you need to remember to take back some of your life for you. Otherwise you'll soon find yourself falling and I don't know about you but i am finding it harder and harder to get back up.