Being There For Yourself
I have a couple of friends that are the most amazing people. Whenever you need them, they will drop any and everything they are doing to be there for you. And even better, they expect nothing in return. They demonstrate what a true family member or friend should do and find pride in being unsung heros who often save the day.
However, as much as I admire these people, I also fear for them. These people spend all of their time caring and supporting their spouses, children, parents and friends. All of their money goes to these people, often times without receiving a simple thank you. But what ends up happening is that when these people need personal help in return – nobody is there. Even worse, often these people don’t ask for help because they feel like they’ll be a burden on everyone else.
If you’re one of these people – please, please, please understand that you need to come first in your life. The stress of the world and the pressure you feel bearing down on your shoulders does not get any relief if you don’t take care of yourself.
Just as you feel thankful and needed when others ask you for help, know that others around you would be more than eager to help you in your time of need. You don’t expect others to do it alone, so why do you feel it’s acceptable for you to do it alone?
If the giver always stays the giver, at some point your basket will be empty. Instead of waiting until you hit rock bottom and force yourself to become the receiver, why not start both giving and receiving now so that you’ll always have a basket that is full and ready to serve?!