Recently I’ve had time to think and reflect on my own journey and really look at where I’ve been and where I’m headed. I realized that I’ve been focusing so much of my energy and thoughts on helping others, on what I can do to make their lives better and happier. I love to help others, it brings such joy to my heart to know that something that I say or do can put an extra smile on someone’s face; that I can influence their lives for the better.
I’m irreversibly compelled to helping others. It’s my calling. It’s what I want my life to be about.
I’m sure you all of heard the quote “Help yourself by helping others.”
Well, I’ve decided to switch it up a bit! The new quote I’m going to go by is “help others by helping yourself”. The reason why I think that we need to focus on helping ourselves first at times is because how can we give all our energy, thoughts, time and care to others if in the meanwhile we are neglecting ourselves? I know I’m not a good sister, daughter, friend, employee or student when I’m unhappy and unable to help myself.
So I challenge you to help yourself this time! Whether it means having something as simple as more “me time” or something more complicated like seeking medical care or treatment. If you have friends and family that are offering to help, take it! I know it’s hard to accept help, since it feels as if we’re admitting there’s something wrong and that we need it. But the truth is that’s why we have such great people in our lives, so that we can allow them to help us.
Love yourself by helping yourself; this way you can help others as well.
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