Put Your Mask On First by Luther Parker Jr.

My Stiletto Dreams found this blog to be very inspiring and empowering!  We believe that these are the very fundamentals of self – confidence…learning to take care of yourself first! Thanks “Guest Writer” Luther Parker!

Recently, I was on a flight traveling back to Virginia and two small children (part of a family traveling together were assigned seats next to me. As to be expected, the flight attendants began giving their safety instructions I’ve pretty much memorized. While talking about the oxygen masks, one flight attendant made a point to come to me to reiterate: “Make sure you secure yours before helping with theirs.” I smiled politely, but inside I sneered, “Are you kidding me? Two small children? Think of myself first before helping her? No way.”

Then I looked at the elderly couple across the aisle and the child in the row in front of me ( probably a sibling to those beside me). I visualized needing to assist all these people in the event of an emergency (it’s amazing how the mind starts dramatizing a scenario). I realized if I couldn’t breathe, I might not be able to help anyone around me. I then realized that securing my own oxygen mask was the most selfless and helpful thing I could do for everyone else. But this is too often not how people live their lives. Instead, they run around helping everyone else with their oxygen masks (errands, requests, obligations, etc.) and eventually run out of oxygen themselves, becoming stressed, tired, unfit and unhealthy.

Often, I ask people the order of their priorities and core values, I often hear an order like this:

1. God

2. Family and friends

3. Business, customers and employees

4. Well-being, personal interests, etc.

This order will eventually cause you to run out of oxygen. You are no good to God, your family, your company or anything/anyone else if you are rundown or you get sick or drop dead of a heart attack.

You cannot give what you do not have. If you want to give more, serve more, contribute more, build more, create more, you have to be stronger and more vital, have more stamina and vigor.

You need to make you your first priority so that you can give more, be more and do more for others. Jim Rohn put it this way: “You take care of you for me, and I will take care of me for you.”

My suggestion is to create your own schedule putting you first. Schedule your exercise, meals for proper nutrition, enough sleep, mental relaxation and recreation for recovery. Then go down the rest of your priority list and start adding family, business and social obligations.

You’ve got to take care of you first!

I’m a professional Network Marketer,
educator and Business Owner dedicated
to helping people like yourself, make a
difference in your life enabling you to dream again!

To find out more about Luther Parker

Visit: K&K Business Development

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