In life, you often hear the importance of putting others before yourself. It has become a badge of honor for a person to be completely selfless. Athletes become legends when they sacrifice themselves for the betterment of the team. Unselfishness is a great idea, in theory, however, in practice, it can be completely ineffective. You can see instances throughout life that requires you to put yourself before others.
Dry paint brushes change nothing
One example of the importance of taking care of yourself first is a paint brush. A little paint can do many things: from completely changing the appearance of a room to creating a masterpiece that touches the soul. Grabbing a paint brush and just rubbing it over a canvas won’t make much of a picture. Before a paintbrush can serve its purpose it first has to fill itself with paint, then it is able to spread the paint across the wall or canvas in perfectly controlled strokes. Think of your life as the paint brush. Once you fill yourself with happiness and joy, you will be able to go out and create a masterpiece with the excess that you have to spread.
Nothing divided by anything is nothing
The great Brooklyn-born philosopher Jay-Z once said, “I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them, So I got rich and gave back, to me that’s the win/win”. While this line may be referring to money, the sentiment can move to any part of your life. It can be money, energy, or even joy and happiness. Taking the time to ensure that you are taken care of is the only way that you can ensure you have the means to take care of others.
Dry sponges absorb everything they touch
Not taking care of yourself can do more than just prevent you from helping others. It can actually cause you to start harming the people you were trying to help in the first place. Sponges when saturated, can be used to spread clean water over everything they touch. When dry though, they will absorb the water from anything they come in contact with. If you do not take time to recharge and care for yourself you will soon find yourself draining the people you were originally hoping to help. This could include your family, friends, and co-workers.
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