If you’ve ever been on an airplane, then you will have heard the words:
“Please put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.”
If you have children, your natural reaction would be to help them first. Even if you want to help your child the idea is that if you’re trying to put on an oxygen mask for someone else, you might lose consciousness and then you will not be any use to anyone, including yourself. However, if you put your mask on first you will be able to remain conscious and help others.
Keep your glass overflowing
Loving one’s self is at the very top of the list when it comes to core strength.
The more you can learn to love yourself the more love you can give to others. You can only love with what you have. The love you have comes from the love you give to yourself. You can't give out what you don't have.
Your cup should always be full and overflowing because what comes out of the cup is what you give away and what stays in the cup is for you. It’s not selfish, it’s self-full.
“When you give to others to the degree that you sacrifice yourself, you make the other person a thief."
- Iyanla Vanzant (In short, they are stealing from you.)