Take Care of Yourself First!
If you have ever been on a commercial airline flight, you’ve heard the pre-flight safety instructions:
“Please secure your own oxygen mask, before helping someone else with theirs. . . .”
Taking care of ourselves first is not selfish, or self-centered. If you want to be capable of giving love, you have to give love to yourself first. If you want to be patient and compassionate towards other people, you must first be patient and compassionate with yourself. If you want to show respect and appreciation to others, you must first be respectful and appreciative towards yourself. So, taking care of ourselves first is not selfish or self-centered; it is essential to our capacity to truly care for other people.