“You first,” the wise woman said.
“How selfish,” went the voice inside my head.
Long have I learnt that it’s not fair
To put yourself first
When of others you must take care.
Scripture’s been quoted
And many examples set
Of how to make sure
That the needs of others are met.
What they don’t see
Is what it cost me
To give time and again
Without speaking my pain.
At last I have found
That I must stand my ground.
No guilt will I feel
Should you call me a heel.
Self-full I will be
And take care of ME.
Only then can I give from the fullness within
That is the only way it will be win-win.
“Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.” – Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” – Deborah Day
“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” – Christopher Germer
“The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.” – Steve Maraboli
“You are the representation of God in your life. “And you put you last and put other people ahead of you. Which means you’re putting other things and other people ahead of God in your life.” – Iyanla Vanzant
I was inspired by a Facebook update by The Bespectacled Mother!