Charity and generosity are wonderful, as long as we don’t forget to take care of ourselves and our families first, and as long as we don’t feel guilty when we don’t have time left over for strangers.
Taking Care of Number One
Whether it’s family, friends, or strangers, we’re always pressured into helping others. For parents, it’s a no-brainer: we just simply have to take care of our kids. For many people with aging parents, it’s similar for them: there’s no other reasonable options.
It’s tough, though, when we are pressured into helping others. I see so many ads on TV about starving and diseased children. Some of my favorite radio stations have charity marathons, where they play heart-wrenching stories that are guaranteed to make you cry. Charity is a very, very good thing. We want to help others, as so many have helped us (even if no one ever did, it makes us want to be the ones to reach out the way we wish we had help).
For me, it crosses the line when I get so depressed in listening to these truly terrible stories that it affects my health, and thus affects my ability to take care of myself or my family. Or if the cost of making a donation means that I can’t buy that treat for my kids they have been working so hard for. Make no mistake: taking care of yourself and those you love is not an extravigance or a waste of time or money. We simply need to be able to draw the line when it comes to taking care of ourselves.
What fun things do you do to take care of number one?
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