Secure Your Own Mask First, Then Assist the Child
I was listening to some stand-up comedy the other day and the comedian had a bit about being on an airplane, and about the safety demonstration. We have probably all seen this or heard jokes about it in the past.
During the demonstration for safety on the plane, they tell you that should the oxygen masks deploy, secure your mask first before helping other secure theirs. Shortly after that, I was writing a letter to a client talking about the same thing - putting yourself first.
I will fully admit that I struggle with this more than most others. I consistently tear myself in different directions, forsake sleep, food, exercise, to help other people. I, of course, try to keep the latter in check, but if a friend calls me and needs my help, and I’m coaching the next morning, there is a good chance I’m helping him until 1am and then coaching at 5am. It’s just the way I am and the way I have always been.
I am beginning to realize more and more however that I can’t keep that type of thing up. I need to make myself a priority or else I can’t help anyone. If I am constantly tired, constantly not taking care of myself, and constantly forsaking my own plans, aspirations, and well being for others, how long can I really help them? Pretty much until I break down, then I am no good to myself or to them. Just like on a plane, if you suffocate before you can get the mask on the person next to you, then what good was it?
I realize it’s not easy. I realize life demands time, that’s just how it is. That’s why we need to work to control our schedules and our time as well as we can, so that we can be healthy and ready to help those who need us. So remember, its not selfish to take time for yourself or to improve yourself, because in the end you will be much more able to help others than if you don’t. Think about it.