Friday, December 5, 2008

What About Me?

Was in Columbia, SC, yesterday morning presenting for the SC Home Care Association, and in High Point, NC, last night presenting for the Human Resource Managers Association of Greensboro.

Both these groups have something in common. In both cases the professionals often do not do a good job of taking care of themselves because they are so focused on taking care of others.

I’m not advocating selfishness, but if you don’t take care of yourself it’s highly likely that no one else will.

It’s kinda like flying and having the attendants do the pre-flight spiel. They will say, “If there is a sudden drop in cabin pressure put the mask on yourself first; then put the mask on those who need help.”

Do your needs always seem to come last? If so, you may be patting yourself on the back for being so wonderfully selfless. But, is that good for you or them?

After awhile you start wondering, “When do I get to be happy?”

I am convinced that three of the most dangerous words in life are, “What about me?” When you start asking that question a lot something’s gonna give sooner or later.

We are bearing down on the holidays, and they are often so other-directed that it is easy to forget to ask, “Am I taking care of me?”

Have a wonderful weekend.

PS. Today is Krampus Day in Austria. Krampus is a mythic, devilish companion to St. Nicholas who punishes bad children, just as St. Nick rewards good children. Krampus is a dark, hairy, cloven-hooved beast with red horns and a leering mouth. He carries chains and a switch wherever he goes. At the Krampus Festivals in Austria children are encouraged to throw snowballs at the Krampus.

Use the Krampus info to scare your children into acting better until Christmas! The Austrians do.

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