Someone told me many years ago to always put others first and yourself last. I got it with being of service to others and caring for others, but something got me thinking if I don’t love myself how can I love others more.
I met this old lady one day in a hospital and noticed how caring she was to everyone she met. After waiting forever to get seen, she said come me son. When I sat next to her she said I noticed you watching me with all the family. I said, well yes I thought it was wonderful how loving you are to everyone you meet. She laughed and said, I was not always so loving. You see I raised my family and put them all first all the time, then one day I felt worn out and kind of mad. There I was giving, serving, and doing for everyone and not one person did a thing for me. I became bitter. Then live really went bad and I did nothing for anyone and everyone was mad.
I said I don’t understand I just watched everyone love you. Oh, yes son. In the mist of the madness I noticed the more I got mad the madder everyone around me got. That is when I changed to love. Yes, I discovered when I loved myself, I could easily share love. I was not giving everything away in my giving or service I was sharing my love in new ways. As I continued to love me first and share that love everyone around me became more loving and helped me too.
Give it try
Much joy and love to you and yours