Charles Schwab – “A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.”
Have you ever had someone tell you something you’ve heard a thousand times, but it only just hit home for the first time?
I had a moment like that recently.
We have a tendency to get caught up in everyone else’s problems.
We drive ourselves to our breaking points with each and every issue brought to our attention from outside sources.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying we shouldn’t help others and try our best to put others above ourselves sometimes…if not most of the time.
I am saying, however, that your wellbeing is also important.
This is nothing new.
I certainly don’t feel like a genius for saying it.
But I had an elderly gentleman remind me of it not too long ago.
He told me I need to lighten up.
“You’re too tense,” he says.
And the more I thought about it…I realized he was right.
And I also realized I am not the only one.
We live in a culture full of neurotic people.
I truly am surprised that any of us have any hair left at all.
But we all sometimes need someone to remind us that we need a little time for ourselves.
And as much as we might want to help the people next to us on the plane, the annoying safety brief from the flight attendant tells us that we must first secure our own oxygen masks.
What use are you to anyone else if you can’t breathe yourself?
Do me a favor……take a little time and focus on you…even if you can only spare a few minutes in between everything else in your life….
Paracelsus – “We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself.”
Vaya con Dios