Of course you want to be there for the people you love and care about. That is what true friends and family do. But there can come a time when “being there” for someone else begins to completely consume you. That’s when you start drifting into the deep end of the pool and find yourself in way over your head. I’ve done it before, and it was dreadfully painful to extricate myself from the situation. To be honest, I’ve done it several times before. Sigh… You’d think I would have learned better by now. But that’s the trap that’s so hard to avoid, isn’t it? Being overly responsible or loyal. Not wanting to be THAT person, that shallow fair weather kind of friend. I have tried so hard at times to honor my altruism that I’ve forgotten that I must also be practical. To be healthy and capable of helping others, you must strike a healthy balance between taking care of yourself and taking care of others. I always seem to push the envelope that way, which is why I made this today … to remind myself of the importance of living a balanced life. If I want to live to appreciate and enjoy the waters of life and love, I need to avoid wading into the deep end of self-denying devotion.