"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
The Power of Positive Living

The author of the bestselling The Power of Positive Thinking presents a new work that shows how the principles of positive thinking have been applied in thousands of successful ...

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Choose Your Attitude, Change Your Life: …in 30 Days

You’ve heard the expression, “Attitude is everything.” But can a positive mental attitude make all that much difference in your personal and professional life? Deborah Smith Peg...

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The Power of Positive Thinking

An international bestseller with over five million copies in print, The Power of Positive Thinking has helped men and women around the world to achieve fulfillment in their live...

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Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear into V...

Are you forever rushing through your day, fending off chronic exhaustion? Are you desperately overcommitted, afraid to say no? Do you want to feel well rested and ready to conqu...

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Positive Living Day by Day

A positive thought a day can change your life! Day after day, through the use of these readings, you will be guided to the life you want. You can gain srength for your daily act...

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Be Great, Be Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Positive Living

From the design experts at PATTERNITY comes this inspirational guide to discovering a more positive and balanced way of life. Be Great, Be Grateful combines gratitude logs, crea...

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Updated: 03/18/2015, Rusty_Coyote
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