A dead Samaritan is no Samaritan.
I love this expression because it sums up everything. After talking to a lot of people, both as a spiritual guide but and as a human, I found that people have a hard time taking care of themselves.
It is just the same on a flight. The safety instructions always tell you to put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others with theirs. Some find it almost stupid that they should save themselves before others, when in fact it is the smartest.
How are you going to help others if you have died from lack of oxygen?
Just like in every other aspect of your life, you need to help and take care of yourself before you can help others. If you do not spend time on feeling better, relaxing and being compassionate towards yourself, how are you going to help others?
How will you help others if you are sick from stress, exhaustion or even dead from not taking care of yourself? We can all neglect ourselves for a short time, but not in the long run at all.
I often say that a dead Samaritan is no Samaritan because it is true. Too many have great excuses as to why they don’t need to take care of themselves and how it just cannot be done. I can assure you it can be done, it is a matter of priorities.
It might not be 10 days of spa in a resort, but it could be small things every day. It could be 10 minutes of meditation a day or 5 minutes longer in the shower.
It could be simple things, and still taking care of you.
How are you taking care of you?
How are you making sure that you are the best you so you can help others?