"Put Your Oxygen Mask on First"

by Rusty_Coyote

You have to take care of yourself first before you can care for others.

While getting ready to fly home after vacation, the flight attendant was going through the usual safety briefing.
"Put your Oxygen mask on first before you help your child", the attendant stated. At first I thought "Well that's a pretty selfish thing to do". But after thinking about it, it made sense, if you're rendered unconscious, then you're no good to anyone.

This same statement can be applied to our everyday lives. You need to take care of yourself first before you can start helping others.

Taking Care of Yourself

I'm not talking about physically - a new hairdo, manicure and new outfit; I'm talking about mentally. You need to see and feel about yourself in a positive way. If you hate yourself, feel negative about yourself, or have low self-esteem, you won't be able to help, love or lift others.

How we feel about ourselves greatly affects how we see others and the world around us. If you've got low self-esteem, you might then have a tendency to have jealous feelings and start putting down those you feel that are more successful than you. That's just human nature.  Strong, positive people tend to uplift and encourage those around them rather than tear them down.

So before you go helping others, looking for love, taking care of your family, or simply trying to enjoy your surroundings, you really need to take care of yourself first. Weed out the negativity, the bad influences and bad thoughts.

There are various free resources to be found on the Internet to help live a positive life. Just do a search on "positive living" and choose which "method" suits you; whether it's an agnostic or faith-based; Professionally run or casual groups. There are also a great list of books on Amazon listed below.

I encourage you to live a positive life and if it's all "just too much", I encourage you to seek counseling. There's nothing wrong with getting a little guidance and understanding. I know it's hard to get past the "stigma" of counselling, but it does offer an impersonal view on things. It's easier taking advice from a stranger than your own family.

You might think "easy for you to say", well did you know I'm a deaf and legally blind mother of two teenagers, I have battled my barriers and waded through negative discrimination and stereotypes. I have picked myself again and again after different failures and brushed myself off and tried again, or decided on a different "route" to my goals. A good definition of failure is deciding to quit.

So, put your oxygen mask on and take care of yourself first.

Amazon List

List of Books for Positive Living
Positive Living Day by Day: 365 Daily Devotionals

Minister and author Norman Vincent Peale's daily devotional offers nuggets of wisdom that can change one's life. Collected from over fifty years of his writings, Norman Vincent ...

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The Power of Positive Living

Filled with letters, anecdotes, and examples drawn from the author's extensive counseling experience with men and women of all ages and walks of life, this powerful guide offers...

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Positive Imaging: The Powerful Way to Change Your Life

The concept is a form of mental activity called imaging. It consists of vividly picturing in your mind a desired goal or objective and holding that image until it sinks into you...

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The Power of Positive Energy: Powerful Thinking, Powerful Life: 9 Powerful Ways for Self-Improvem...

Do you want “peace of mind” every day? Do you want “freedom” from negative thoughts?Do you imagine yourself free from any negative thoughts? Do you imagine yourself happy, optim...

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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Hardcover

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Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development...

Gifted children and adults are often misunderstood. Their excitement is viewed as excessive, their high energy as hyperactivity, their persistence as nagging, their imagination ...

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Updated: 03/18/2015, Rusty_Coyote
 
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