… before helping others,” I have just heard this for the umpteenth time, as I take-off. If you really think about it, this is not just a routine instruction before taking off but it is a principle in life. In fact, you can only help others, if you help yourself first.
A parent will be a less effective parent if they are exhausted, distracted, stressed. A manager will be a less efficient manager if s/he is under pressure, feels disconnected, lacks motivation. A Coach should not coach if s/he has not been coached her/himself. An addict cannot help another addict until s/he has been cured. A teenager may not be able to join a sports team unless s/he commits, prioritizes, eats healthy, sleeps well.
No matter who we are, what we do, where we live, we all need oxygen in order to help others. There should be no guilt around that – we are humans after all.
What do you need to do, to take in some extra oxygen to help others?
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