I've spoken with 9 people in the last 24 hours who are facing challenging moments in their lives. Although I have a reputation of being a "strong-minded woman", at times it takes a toll on my spirit.
|RANDOM THOUGHTS OF A WRITER|
Funny how little remnants of people's words and life's issues can have such an effect on the listener, even if it's not our own reality. We might not subconsciously notice it, but it does.
To be a giver of a listening ear, love, care, knowledge, time, or anything else having to do with "being there" for someone, we must consciously and consistently take care of ourselves as well. Or else there will be nothing beneficial for us to continue giving.
As for me, I noticed how my thinking and reactions to situations this afternoon wasn't as optimistic as I would have liked it to be and how the gray, cold weather didn't help much with my mood. So, I bought me some flowers from the market to cheer up my environment, or at least make it a little bit more beautiful around me.
Just like a vase with a crack cannot hold water to nourish the flowers, we cannot help others if we do not consciously take care of ourselves.