Sunday, October 09, 2011

In Order to Give

In these times of information overflow, it is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of worldwide events. Our planet seems smaller every day and what happens to fellow human beings in faraway countries affects us even more than it would have years ago, as sharing becomes instantaneous. There are people reporting live from catastrophes, triumphs and the mundane through various media in an endless stream of sharing. Efforts to raise awareness or gather help for groups in need have also been accelerated. Friendships are formed or maintained from a distance in a way that was not possible before. But when one looks from here to there, to comment and forward, to inform and display, where do we place ourselves?

Within the occasional chaos, are we remembering the one and only person who can be there all the time for us? Are we nourishing the body that serves as a vehicle for us to move and act? Do we take the time out to relax and provide emotional maintenance for our mental health? Are we remembering to set and honor our goals or simply even making an effort to smile?

No matter what is going on in the world around you, it is important to know that the only person you cannot live without is yourself. In order for anyone to contribute any thought or action of value to the rest of life, one must make sure that the condition to be able to do this exists. It is for this reason that it is not only a good idea to take good care of yourself, but it is necessary since we can only give from what we already have. So help yourself, and that way, when you encounter situations of interest through your interconnectedness, you know you are strong enough to give.

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