Helping Yourself Before Those Around You

I recently began reading a book titled, “Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible” by Regina Brett. Each chapter in this book is a different life lesson Ms. Brett offers to her readers based on accounts in her life with inspiring figures. In one of the chapters, she mentions aircraft standard safety procedures we constantly hear on flights before takeoff. “If you have small children traveling with you, be sure to secure your oxygen mask before assisting others.” This is such an easy concept to grasp, but in reality, how many of us would actually put on our own oxygen masks before helping those around us? Often times we spend so much time trying to help others that we tend to lose focus on how we treat ourselves.

Every so often I go to a hypnotist and the very first time we met, she stressed the importance of having our fuel levels be fully charged with energy and relaxation on a daily basis. She told me that it isn’t possible to help others if our fuel level is on low. While it is very noble and respectable of us to tend to the problems of others whenever something goes wrong, we need to first tend to any personal issues at hand before doing anything else. If you constantly aid others every second of your life, you are bound to wear yourself out. This is why you need to first and foremost care for yourself. So go to the gym, get a massage, find time to meditate, listen to relaxing music, go for a run, take a nice bath, or even just go outside and enjoy the surrounding environment around you. Do what you need to do for yourself because if you find yourself facing a state of exhaustion, then you’ll ultimately have nothing left to offer, meaning you can’t help anyone out when they may need it most. Now do you understand why it is so crucial that you take care of yourself?

How many times do you really get the chance to be selfish and only think about yourself? This is the time where you get to focus on you and no one else. At this point in life, you need to make yourself a priority. Really try to take advantage of all the “me-time” you can get because I guarantee that in the long run, it will be worth it. And remember: be sure to secure your oxygen mask before assisting others because once you run out of oxygen, you won’t be able to help those around you.

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Where are you Karma?

Dear Karma,

I am sitting here wondering where you are at this moment in time. Are you hard at work, meeting with countless amounts of people? Or are you sitting back, relaxing on vacation, dreading having to return to work in the near future? Well, wherever you are, I would like to remind you that there are quite a few people in need of your presence. I feel like me and you tend to meet up quite frequently, but wonder why you don’t arrange visits with other people deserving of your company. I hope you know that your presence is requested, and although you may not want to, I would recommend that you come back to work as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Someone pissed off at the system

Pardon the bitter post, but it had to happen sometime. With that being said, in life there are going to be plenty of times in which people will get away with terrible actions and misdoings, and we are the ones left feeling as though the system is unjust and that the world is cruel. No matter how unfair things may seem, we need to realize that in most situations, there is nothing that we can do. Sometimes it is best for us to step back and let nature take its course. I am a firm believer in karma and like to think that people who commit bad acts will have negative  karma, whereas those who do good for others will have good karma. In lieu of recent events, I will be the first one to tell you that I wish I had the power to make people pay for their crimes, but since I can’t, I guess I’ll just be taking it easy and worrying about myself, hoping karma will strike down soon.

Kreativ Blogger Award

What better way to start up my blog once again than to receive an award? Special thanks to Hodgepodge4thesoul for the nomination, and I would strongly suggest that everyone checks out her blog, because it is beyond inspiring!

After doing some research on this award, I’ve come to find that it comes with the following rules:

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link the person who has nominated you for the award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

So, 7 random/interesting things about me:

  1. I self diagnosed myself with a minor case of OCD, and often lose things in my room since it is so clean and organized (I know it seems impossible to do, but it does happen)
  2. I am planning on traveling to Guatemala for a Medical Mission this June for 4 days
  3. I tend to second guess myself and look way too deep into things
  4. I enjoy hypnosis and am a strong proponent of it
  5. I often procrastinate and put things off until the last minute
  6. I am currently in the process of raising money for Autism Speaks in honor of Autism Awareness Month
  7.  I just looked back at everything I said and realized that I used the word I a lot, and felt strange talking about myself so much
Now, it’s time to nominate another 7 deserving bloggers and pass off the torch or this Kreativ Blogger Award. I would like to nominate the following bloggers who have recently caught my attention:

Facing Adversity and Opposition

Phew. It’s weird to be back here. Nearly a month has passed without me posting or responding to any comments on my blog. I re-visited WordPress various times the past few weeks, wanting to write, but the words just couldn’t come to me. However, in lieu of some recent events, I have found a great topic to write about.
Over the past week or so, I fought for something I believed in, and faced a lot of adversity and opposition. Regardless of the fact that I knew in my heart that what I believed was right, there were quite a few people who didn’t agree with me. It has been a rough week to say the least, but even so, I continued fighting. I feel worn out and tired after all of this, but I received valuable insight from a friend of mine that I would like to share. “No matter how loud and headstrong an opposition is, it shouldn’t stop you from what what you believe in.”
In life, people will disagree with us and won’t always see things our way. This is merely part of the way things work, and we cannot help that. Things can get tough, and times can be hard, but we must stand tall and man our grounds. Otherwise, there is no point in having our own beliefs and views, if we aren’t willing to defend them. If you know that what you believe in is right, and you have a gut instinct telling you to stick with your beliefs, than do not give up, regardless of how strong the opposition is. So when everything is all said and done, when it comes to following what you believe in, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re otherwise.