By Melissa Mc
For months now, I’ve devoted every waking moment to raising money for our elementary school’s PTA budget. When the fundraiser was over 4 weeks ago I was waiting for that huge sigh of relief to envelop me – the one where you suddenly feel euphoric at your accomplishment, can tell yourself job well done and close the door on your success. But that hasn’t happened. This was a two year commitment: 1 year fundraiser coupled with an additional year as PTA president. That second part starts in earnest in 3 short weeks when I need to have a presidency assembled and 20 co-chairs assigned to various PTA committees for the coming school year. And all I can think about is: I want to quit.
I don’t want to do this anymore. I’m burned out. I don’t know enough moms in the school to assemble that many co-chairs. I’ve spent my reserve. I don’t have anything left to give. The thought of another year of work makes me want to jump off a cliff – literally. I’ve tried to think of some legitimate reason to give them why I can’t fulfill my duties or my commitment – but I don’t have any – other than I can’t do it anymore. The only thing left is lying.
My husband says I can’t quit: “It would set a bad example for the children; it would ruin your reputation; you have to do it.”
My response is: “I don’t care what you say – life is too short to be miserable for another year of my life; the kids will get over it; nobody knows me well enough to know my reputation.”
I’ve prayed about it – but prayer and I have made odd bedfellows over the years, so there isn’t a real indication one way or the other on what God wants me to do.
So, my question to you – is it ever OK to quit?