In the children’s fable, “The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg,” there was a goose that produced a golden egg each day. In an attempt to get all the golden eggs, the goose was killed. Unfortunately, a dead goose does not produce any eggs, so killing the goose was the end of the good fortune.
I was thinking about this fable and how it relates to the way we treat ourselves. We are our own golden goose. We are the ones that create the golden eggs in our lives. Unfortunately, we do not always recognize how important we are and how important our self-care is. We fail to see that if we do not take care of ourselves, we will end up like the goose, unable to produce golden eggs. We will be stressed, sick and depleted.
When I suggest self-care to some of my clients, they shun the idea at first because they think it is selfish. And they are right, it is. But not selfish in the way that we ignore others or step over others to get what we want. Self-care is about taking care of ourselves so that we can take care of others and give from a place of abundance and love. It is difficult to take care of anyone else if we are exhausted and spent. We end up giving from a place of lack and resentment and that does not benefit anyone.
Taking care of the golden goose in your life (you) is an important first step in creating a more abundant and happy life. When we take care of ourselves, we have more energy, enthusiasm and compassion for others. We can give from a place of abundance and not lack. Giving becomes something we do because we want to not because we have to. Taking care of ourselves is really the first step in being more generous and loving to others.
Are you taking care of the golden goose?
“Kill not the goose that lays the golden egg.” Traditional Proverb