Cathy Walton-Smith: Suffering from ‘people who do too much’ syndrome |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Suffering from ‘people who do too much’ syndrome

Cathy Walton-Smith
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I’m pretty sure I have one of those compulsive, addictive illnesses that require a 12-step program ” or at least a 10-step program with a manual and a song.

I’ve decided my life is too full ” I have to eliminate something.

I have carefully calculated my estimated remaining productive years and come to the conclusion that I’m going to have to come back from the grave in order to fit it all in. I’m caught up in the vortex of all the commitments I have in my schedule, and I have to let go of some of them before I crash and burn.

If you suspect you might also have this problem, I’ve come up with a list of questions to help:

Do you earn money in other ways besides your primary job?

Do you take or teach classes more than once a month?

Are you on one or more volunteer boards?

Are you on one or more special events committees?

Do you have one or more hobbies requiring a serious time commitment?

Do you date more than one person at a time?

Do you have one or more family commitment per month?

Do you travel out of Grand County once a month or more?

Do you spend three or more nights a week on activities outside the home?

Do you ever feel that you’ve forgotten to do something that was important?

If you answered “yes” to three or more of these questions, like me, you may need to

seek help. I call this “People Who Do Too Much Syndrome.” We desperately need a support group. But we just can’t squeeze in one more meeting. Help.

Town clean-up day is tomorrow. If you see people out working, stop and help.

The annual Grand Lake Gardener’s Exchange is on Saturday, beginning at noon and is over when all the plants are gone. Garden starter plants will be on sale for 25 cents each ” they will also take trade-ins, however, they really shouldn’t be dried up and crunchy. This sale makes it possible to provide free plants to the volunteers who adopt street lamp gardens or other projects around town. In addition, the Town will have 600 assorted 5-inch to 12-inch potted trees available for replanting. These trees will be given away from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday for planting in town and to Grand Lake Elementary school children at the Arbor Day ceremony.

Businesses all over Grand Lake are getting ready for the big summer rush.

Jean-Claude at Caroline’s Cuisine is now offering a scaled down version of it’s house specialties for those with a lighter appetite priced from $13 to $15. Call (970) 627-9404.

Tom and Lynn Ludwig announce the 10th anniversary of The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant. To celebrate they are giving customers 10 percent off. Call (970) 627-3707.

The Gateway Inn and Grand Embellishments are hosting the Second Annual Turkish Carpet Exhibition on Saturday, May 24, from noon to 6 p.m. It’s at the Gateway, featuring over 200 carpets and kilims direct from Istanbul. Be sure to stop by for this visual treat and a little wine and cheese.

The Kauffman House Museum is in need of volunteers ” only three hours, one day a week. Take a step back in history while greeting visitors from all over the world as they share Grand Lake’s beauty and 116 year old family home/hotel with the public. High School students may earn Community Involvement Hours. Volunteer hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from 2 to 5 p.m. any day of the week, beginning Memorial weekend, and training will be available. It’s so easy, fun, and rewarding. If interested, please call Katie Gailey at (970) 887-0715.

Flip your calendar over to June for some great upcoming events. June 3 is the Welcome Back Party for the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre cast at the Daven Haven at 5 p.m. For a $10 donation at the door, you’ll meet cast members, enjoy an appetizer or two and be entertained by cast members. This exciting event is always a treat.

On Saturday, June 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. is the Art and Architecture Home Tour. This year’s tour also offers a Sixth House Gourmet Dinner catered by Caroline’s Cuisine. The tour is $25 per person and dinner is $150. Advance reservations may be made now by calling Barbara Ahrens at (970) 627-3097. This tour is limited and is always sold out.

Congratulations to Sam Herbert, Grand Arts Council Scholarship award winner. Sam is a 2008 Middle Park High School graduate and will be studying graphic/computer arts.

Be the change.