Last week we talked about unconditional love and how it could make you feel free when you give it away freely. Unconditional does not mean self-sacrifice. You cannot make someone love you. If they are capable of taking form you without reciprocating eventually they will drain you dry. When that happens they will not have a need for you anymore.
If you give someone the shirt off of your back the problem still exists. There is still someone without a shirt and at this point that someone is you. When you give the shirt off of your back have a plan as to how you will get another one. Otherwise, you did not solve anything, you just shifted the problem. The real solution would be to figure out how both of you can have a shirt.
Have you ever listened to the safety announcement on the airplane? They suggest that you put on your oxygen mask first before assisting others. If you do not do it in that order you could end up losing consciousness before you are able to be of service.
Be smart about it. There are times when you will have to sacrifice yourself or put yourself in harm’s way to rescue another. That is an exception and should not be the norm. Ask yourself how will you take care of everyone who is counting on you if you have nothing left to give? You cannot help the less fortunate if you are one of them. Be strong, build yourself up and find ways to help others that will not bring you down. This way you will be around to help for many years to come.
Releasing the weight of the world…Now That’s Presidential!