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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

You breathe they breathe

We’ve all sat through it. We’ve all gotten on a plane and sat through the boring pre-flight instructions. I’m sure the flight attendants must be so bored of saying the same thing over and over again.

Have you ever listened to what they say? Of course you don’t anymore but I’m sure the first couple of times you did. Tell me, what do they say about the oxygen masks?

You know the ones that drop down from above in case of a change in cabin pressure? Can you envision a more stressful situation on a plane? OK, maybe “put you head between your knees and brace for impact” may scare me a little more. I’ve never seen those masks pop out BUT if I ever do I know what to do.

Do you remember?

Yeah, you put yours on first then help your kids.

It’s a good metaphor for life if you ask me.

Take can of yourself before you take care of others. Makes sense to me yet SOOOO many people ignore this.

Think about it. You’re kids need you to cart them around. Your parents need you to take care of them. Your spouse needs you to cook dinner. You boss needs you to do this or that.

You’re not getting any of that done if you are dead. You’re not helping anyone else if they have to help you because you are sick or injured either.

My message for today is simple. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF first. If may seem selfish to not do ballet with your kid this winter because it conflicts with workout time. It may seem selfish to spend the money for fitness class when you spouse needs whatever it is they need.

It’s not. You are no good to anyone of you are not functioning 100%.

It’s all so very important but it all means nothing without you.

You need to prioritize.

First you eat right.

Next you set aside time to work-out every day.

You have a good positive attitude the whole time.

Eliminate toxic people. Clean up the messes in your life. Set up systems that make your life easier. Don’t go out with that friend just because they invited you.

The world is important. You are more important. Take care of yourself first. Make sure that you are getting what you need then, and only then, do you look out for the rest of the world. Trust me. If you are healthy and fit, you will have more time and energy to take care of others then if you are unhealthy and unfit.

For the next 5 Saturdays I am putting on 5k fun runs. This is a GREAT opportunity to take care of you first then others. Take the kids to soccer; but first do my run. Go to visit family; but first do my run. Spend the day with the kids and spouse; but first do my run.

Want to have the best of both worlds? Bring them to the run!

8am. Paisley Mountain Bike Trail. Clearwater Lake trailhead. Hope to see you there!

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