Breathe, Baby, Breathe
“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.”
Right before you taxi down the runway, flight attendants share a simple message. “In the case of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the ceiling compartment.” You know what they’re going to say next, right?
“Please make sure your own oxygen mask is firmly in place before attempting to help others.”
If you can’t breathe, you cannot help others. In fact, if you pass out, you become a liability—now someone has to take care of you.
This isn’t just true on airplanes. You must take care of yourself and your own needs in order to be the best parent, spouse, co-worker, or boss you can be. Getting lost in the day-to-day chaos and ignoring the outlets that once brought you so much life won’t help anyone. It only leaves you ragged, resentful, and restless – which means others will end up having to take care of you.
So today and this weekend, put on your own oxygen mask first. Call a few friends and make time to reconnect. Do something outdoors, without a screen in your hand. Sleep in. You’ll feel recharged, revitalized, and ready to tackle whatever life brings your way next week.
Peace begins with pause,