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putting my oxygen mask on first

So last week, I mentioned that a gratitude practice is pretty much imperative for me to navigate the tough times.  But you know what else is important?  Making the gratitude.

There’s this analogy that I’ve heard (and probably you’ve heard it too) that says that the orders that flight attendants give in the event of an emergency, requiring you to secure your own oxygen mask before helping someone else with theirs, works for life as well:  the concept that until you take care of yourself, you’re not going to be in the tip-top shape required to take care of those you love around you.  I believe this wholeheartedly, and it ties in very nicely into my gratitude practice:  I make things happen to me during the day that I know I can be grateful for when I reflect on them at night, before I drift off to sleep.  And I’m not the only one who thinks this way, either:  my friend, artist Lucrecer Braxton, mentioned just yesterday that she’s going to start adding moments of play to her daily to-do list.  “It hit home that play is a necessity in my day,” she said.  “I am making time for it.”

This practice might sound selfish, and perhaps it is; however, it’s kind of a pay-it-forward thing:  when I’m feeling comfortable and safe, I can work on making other people comfortable and safe.  And if that’s the case, I’m all for a dollop of selfishness every now and then.

With that, here are some of the things that have acted as my oxygen mask and/or made me feel comfortable and safe this week:

 

 

 

 

 

So tell me, friends:  what did you do this week to put your oxygen mask on?

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