You Cannot Give Away
what You don't have
Published by Rachelle Disbennett-Lee
Wednesday, August 14, 2002
People often ask me why self-care is so important. Taking
care of ourselves and putting our priorities first often
feels selfish. The best way to shift that perspective and
look at self-care in a different light is to think about
what self-care does for you and what it enables you to do
for others. If we do not take care of ourselves and put
our own well being first, what will we have left to give
others? If we are burnt out and stressed and overloaded,
what will be left of us to share? We cannot give away what
we don't have. If we don't have energy, or time, or even
enough love for ourselves, we cannot give energy, or time,
or love to others.
Self-care is not a selfish; it actually is the most loving
thing we can do for others. By taking care of ourselves,
we build up reserves of time, energy, love and other positive
things that we can share with others. When we give from
an empty cup, we soon will become completely depleted, resentful
and perhaps even sick.
Are you giving away what
you don't have?
This week, do three things just for yourself such as taking
a relaxing bath, treating yourself to your favorite meal
or spending time doing nothing. Make an appointment with
yourself for self-care, write it down, and don't be late!
Self Care = Building
"A man too busy to take care of his health is like
a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools." Spanish