© 2018 by IanWiner. All Rights Reserved.

PUT YOUR OXYGEN MASK ON FIRST: LESSONS FROM A PLANE PART 2

 

 

 

I owe my wife for giving me this advice.  When I was on the plane coming home from my trip out East, I was reminded, during the safety briefing, that before I put anyone else’s oxygen mask on, I need to put mine on first.

 

This is great advice for life and relationships in general that I never ever considered.  But, upon further thought it makes sense.  Whether it is a chronic habit of trying to please everyone, or running myself into the ground to feel like I was providing for my family and friends or simply putting my hero complex (“I have to do it, or nobody else will”) ahead of my own health, I rarely if ever put my oxygen mask on first.  Often I wouldn't put it on at all out of spite.  

 

If I don’t put my own health and well being first, I won’t be any good to anyone.  I then wind up with resentments towards everyone.  I blame others for being out of shape, for not eating or sleeping well, and for not getting to do the things “I want to do.”

 

Too often I confused “putting my oxygen mask on first” with selfishness, when for me it is now a selfless act.  It still seems somewhat counterintuitive to me, but I learn to appreciate it more each day. If I want to be a good husband, and a good person to others, it makes sense that the better I treat myself, the easier it will be.

 

For an addict like myself, it is especially important.  If I don’t stay sober and mentally in a good place, then I can easily revert to my old self who always put my oxygen mask on first no matter what it meant for the other passengers around me.

Please reload

Like this? Questions? Thoughts?

I'd LOVE to hear your Comment below!

I connect people to the truth of market places and human behavior and I have a little fun with it.  I am currently traveling the world writing my second book and blogging about my experience. I look forward to getting to know you and encourage you to post your feedback in the comment section of this blog.

 

Thank you!

  • LinkedIn - Black Circle
  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle
  • Twitter - Black Circle
Recent Posts
Please reload

Join Ian's Mailing List