Brigid Schulte speaks to our hearts in her recent book Overwhelmed. Her empathy for the difficulty of “having it all” is not uncommon. But Oliver Burkeman points out the unique factor that she brings to the table: she acknowledges that the game of life might not be winnable. In our society, it might simply be impossible to balance all that we want.

“In an era of extreme busyness, the only conceivable way to live a meaningful life is to not do thousands of meaningful things.” Burkeman recapped in his article for the Guardian.

The best take-away from this all, is that we should learn to say “no” whenever we can.

Burkeman concludes: “Our only hope of beating overwhelm may be to limit, radically, what we’re willing to get whelmed by in the first place.”