The only way to achieve quality time in any relationship,
including your relationship with yourself, is through quantity time.
--- Anthony Silard
Have you ever noticed that in the in-flight safety presentation, the flight attendant advises you to put the oxygen mask over your own mouth before helping even your own children?
Actually, in most cases we as parents put our children before ourselves. Their survival arguably depends on it.
Yet the in-flight presentation is a helpful reminder that taking care of yourself enables you to take care of others.
At any rate, the real problem is not that we offer to take our kids to swim practice before taking time to go for a walk and decompress—that and many other acts of self-sacrifice are an inextricable part of parenting that just about every parent understands.
The real problem is that we offer to do whatever it takes to maintain our status at the office. The real problem is that we return every last email before taking time to go for a walk and decompress.
The real problem is that we have forgotten how to take care of ourselves.
Anthony Silard is the president of The Center for Social Leadership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday every other week, enter your email here (1-step only). To support The Center for Social Leadership's Young Leaders Program for disadvantaged youth either directly or through Amazon.com purchases, click here.