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Don’t start any more fires at once than you can put out with a single hose.

You being the hose, of course.

When you care deeply about things for which your efforts and help can make a significant difference, it is hard to say no.  I’ve never been particularly good at it.  One of my passions is dog rescue, and my mindset has always been if the need is great enough, there’s always room for one more.

Most of the time, that’s worked out fine.  As long as everyone’s healthy, and the stock market doesn’t crash.  But then one of those days come along when 55 things go wrong all within the same hour, and life turns into a three-alarm flamer.  And there you stand pointing your pitiful little hose at each blaze while another one spontaneously combusts behind it.  Your hair is standing on end, and all you can think is what was I thinking?

Well, you were thinking of all the good being accomplished, of course, and how rewarding it is to be a part of it, and if you don’t do it, who else will?  Your logic was sound.

But you can always count on the fires.  Nothing good gets done without a few explosions popping up just to keep it interesting.  Just make sure your hose can handle them.