Friday, May 1, 2009

Oxygen Mask

Have you ever sat on an airplane and thought to yourself, "this safety video is so stupid. Why won't they just take off already?"

Well, next time you are watching the video, there is an incredible life lesson we all must learn. It's called "The Parable of the Oxygen Mask."

In the movie, you see a mother siting next to a young boy on the airplane. The demonstration shows the oxygen mask drop from the compartment above the woman's head and fall in front of her face. She takes it, lifts the strap over her head, and places the mask over her face. After her mask is secured she then helps the child put his mask on and secure it in place.

Some would say, why would a mother not put on the child's mask first? Simple. The mother is no good to the child if she is not breathing herself.

The same is true in life. We are no good to our husbands, children, our job, or anything else if we are not breathing ourselves. What happens when we are too tired to accomplish our responsibilities? Too over weight to play with our kids? Too insecure to speak our minds?

It's time for us to put on our own oxygen masks. It's not selfish to take care of ourselves. It's actually the opposite. When we take care of ourselves we can now give our best self to others. Is that not the best gift we can give ourselves and to those around us?

If you have a story about when you put on your oxygen mask, we would love to hear it!

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