Wednesday, July 16, 2008


A friend of mine who is a retired flight attendant emailed me this today. On the subject line it said, “To all my flight attendant friends and not.” I thought it was well worth passing along:

Before we can truly help others, we must first learn to help ourselves.

It's like the oxygen masks on an airplane. We are instructed to put on our own oxygen mask before assisting small children or others in need. The reason for this is that if you don't know how to help yourself, and are therefore not fully functioning, you will not be able to help anyone else. Without your own oxygen mask in place, you may pass out before safely securing someone else's. Then, clearly, you will have been of no help at all!

Today, make sure your needs are met. Not the superficial desires, but the deep yearnings of your soul. Get enough air in your lungs so you'll have that much more energy to truly help others.

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