Wake-Up Call

Q: I started a nonprofit organization called the Embattled Fathers Group in 1997 to advocate for parents having difficulties with their custodial/visitation rights after a divorce or end of a relationship. I work four, 10-hour days a week, from 3:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at a pharmaceutical company. I also meet individuals at the courthouse to help them with their paperwork, or do research at the law library. It’s becoming harder to get enough sleep and attend to those requesting my services. Can you help me?
–Nathaniel B. Woods, Fairfield, California

A: Life is like an all-you-can-eat buffet overflowing with choices. We can have as much as we want of anything we want, but we have to do it in one sitting. In other words, while our choices are infinite, the time in which we have to realize them is frustratingly finite.

You have to sleep. You have to earn a living. So that leaves your nonprofit organization. You are both the president, as well as the caseworker? Sounds like too much of a one-man show to me. There must be a lot of people who share your passion for your cause — including some of the people your organization has helped in the past. It’s time to recruit some of them to help you handle the load, so you can get some sleep and keep your day — excuse me — night job.

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