Nobody can contribute to the best of humanity who does not make the best out of himself. – Johann Gottfried von Herde
This quote is why I believe that a certain level of selfishness is critical to our well-being and hence the well-being of everyone in general. When we take care of ourselves we have more to give. When we put ourselves first by keeping our own cup full, we become an example for others to bring themselves to a better place.
It’s the old adage for saving money: Pay yourself first and somehow all the other bills get paid. It’s funny and sometimes seems counter intuitive but I believe it is a fundamental truth. When we sacrifice ourselves for others while not sustaining ourselves, we grow weaker. We feel emotionally malnourished and probably don’t even know why, especially if it has been going on for many years.
I believe in giving to others but giving to ourselves first sets us up for success in a variety of ways:
- We feel more fulfilled
- We feel emotionally satisfied
- Our creativity is enhanced
- Our overall life attitude improves
- We are happier
- We become an example to others on how to live
- We have more to give
So, take care of yourself. Do things that make you and you alone happy. Practice that hobby. Do fun things. Make sure you are giving to yourself on a daily basis. Use the rest of the day to help others. You won’t regret it.