One of the greatest joys in life in serving others.
Using our own time and energy to make life, if only a bit, more manageable for others.
Some of us serve through our family.
Some through our careers.
Even doing a stranger a simple favor calls to something deep within us.
Holding the door.
Vacating our seat.
Carrying a bag.
This desire to serve, though, sometimes feels like an obligation.
We feel as though we can’t let those who depend on us down.
Particularly when involving long-term relationships.
The more intimate, often the more demanding.
Any time or energy spent on ourselves is only less we might spend on them.
We work, tirelessly, to make sure they are taken care of.
Sleep becomes an afterthought.
We’re always stressed.
We eat whatever we can whenever we can.
Physical activity occurs only when absolutely necessary.
This works, for a time.
Eventually, the wheels fall off the bus.
We can’t think straight.
Our fuse shortens.
Stiffness and soreness become the norm.
Our ability to care for others erodes as we require more care ourselves.
We can only give away so much of ourselves before there’s nothing left to give.
How do we sustainably, effectively, take care of others without first taking care of ourselves?
What if, rather than pouring from our cups until empty, we fill them until they overflow?
What would your life need to look like to take such an approach?
How might you get started?
What “big rocks” might you address?
How’s your sleep?
How’s your stress?
Are you enjoying movement?
Providing your body delicious, nutritious, food?
What small step might you take, today, to fill up your cup, if a drop?
You are worthy of the best life.
You might commit that life to serving others.
That’s freaking awesome.
Set yourself up to do so for the long run.
Fill your cup.
See it overflow.
You’ve got this.