The late Jim Rohn once said, “I will take care of me for you. If you will take care of you for me.”
I love this quote because it truly gets to the heart of the matter.
We have a responsibility to to maintain our temples. What we do to nourish our mind, body and our soul matters. When we don’t take care of ourselves we can quickly end up becoming a burden to others as we fall into the role of the victim.
What I know to be true, is the moment I decided to start taking care of me, I mean really taking care of myself and investing time, energy and financial resources into my personal development: my cup had overflowed and was then I was able to give so much more from a true place of peace, love and abundance.
Fill your cup first.
It’s the house or apartment without the personality of paint. In an office, it’s the missing family photos or the empty credenza. Or it could be the 20-something that read Chris Guillebeau’s “The Art of Non-Conformity,” and decides to sell all of their belongings and book a one-way ticket to the place where they will paint their home or decorate their office.
When we choose to live on the surface, by not investing in making someplace more like home; subconsciously we are telling ourselves that this place is not home. This place is only temporary. Although we may be vested, we’re not invested: and if we’re not invested, in due time we’ll collect those things that have been able to live and breathe on the surface and we will move on.
Living on the surface allows us to be agile; moving with the speed of change in an instant. It’s when we do invest in that can of paint, or make someplace more like home that we’ve allowed ourselves to take root below the surface, planting ourselves to grow abundantly and produce fruit.