“Step outside of your comfort zone.”
“Don’t be selfish with your money or time.”
“Think of others before yourself.”
All words we’ve heard. All important words TO hear. It’s important to realize where our lives may be out of balance, and where we may have lost some priorities along the way. It’s good to sift ourselves and put things into focus from time to time.
These words can do that.
BUT – there are moments and times, where these words can also wear you down. These words – if not used in a balanced way – can cause us to neglect taking care of our own emotional and physical well-being.
I’ve seen it happen. I’ve HAD it happen.
An empty well cannot continue to give water. Nor can a person who gives so much that they start to wear down themselves in the process.
We NEED rest. We NEED time to ourselves. We NEED money to pay our own bills and provide for our own families. We NEED to feel safe in our own comfort zones.
None of these things is bad. They are the very things that help us stay whole and healthy. They help us feel confident. It’s just that from time to time, we need to stretch our horizons a bit.
We can’t JUST focus on ourselves. And we can’t JUST focus on others and forget ourselves. Neither is good. Neither is healthy.
So if you’re one of those people who gives of themselves until the point of exhaustion….. ease up a bit. Allow yourself the freedom to tell someone “no” and be guilt-free about it. Tend to your own emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. Then, when you are on more solid ground, dip your toes in the water of being stretched again.
This world needs us. But it needs healthy, confidant, grounded, stable, and HAPPY us! Keep that in the mind the next time you hear someone tell you to go outside of your comfort zone.