Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others. --Wilfred Peterson
Anyone who’s ever taken a plane ride has heard the announcement: If the oxygen mask drops and you’re traveling with small children or others needing assistance, put your mask on first – before you help them. The reason is simple. If something happens to you, you can’t help anyone else.
In our world of high stress and up-to-the-second communications, too many of us endlessly fulfill obligations to everybody we can think of – except to ourselves.
Sometimes, for your own mental, physical, psychological and spiritual well-being – and so you can help others – you need to stop and grab your mask, so to speak. The focus needs to be on you – from God’s perspective.
God created each one of us, offering us His unreserved love. That love should be reflected in the way we treat others – who are also loved by God – as well as in how we treat ourselves. Then what we do for ourselves will radiate joy, patience and acceptance in our own lives and in the lives of those around us.
There is no wealth better than health of body, and no gladness above joy of heart.
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