‘In case of emergency, a mask will drop from a container in the airplane ceiling. Put on your mask before helping anyone sitting with you. This may fly in the face of your instincts if you are caring for others around you. However, supply yourself with good air and you’ll be in better condition to deal with those around you.’
To piggyback on yesterday’s short observations, we tend to focus on everything around us other than what actually will make a difference.
I don’t blame me or you from doing this. When we are in pain, dealing with problems, or building something we care about, it’s hard NOT to focus on anything but that. We’re often consumed by the problem of the splinter, while we’re slowly drowning in quicksand.
It’s the classic short-term, versus long-term juxtaposition.
We ignore the long-term greater benefits, to focus on our immediate battles. And at the same time, ignore the short-term things that ACTUALLY add up to meaningful outcomes in the long-term, and rather focus on the problems that are consuming us.
Supply yourself first, to be in a better condition to deal
If you’re not 100 percent on your foundations— clean food, well rested, exercised, mentally, emotionally and spiritually stress-free,— you’re not going to be as capable as you could be. In fact, treating yourself anything other than top priority puts you at a disadvantage.
A disadvantage to help yourself, let alone help others.
So what do you do when you are already at a disadvantage?
Do what you can, let go of the rest. Treat your mind, body and spirit as well as you can. Supply yourself FIRST, as much as you can.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner