Putting yourself last?
“Sometimes you have to put your own needs first, even if that doesn’t please others. You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.” ~Shannon Olson
Like a lot of people who know better, I still tend to put the needs or wishes of others before my own. Even if someone lets me off the hook and gives me “permission” to put myself first, I might feel a bit guilty when I do so. It gets tricky sometimes, because I truly enjoy helping others.
Somewhere between selflessness and selfishness is a healthy balance. One thing I know for sure is this: When I set myself on fire to keep other folks warm, I usually end up burning with resentment. That’s not helping anyone. ~CL