Take care of yourself first, then others.

A lot of those I know take the care of other people as their priority and sometimes find themselves tired, worried, even resentful or running low on their own resources.

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A BUDDHIST STORY:  There once were a couple of acrobats. The teacher was a poor widower and the student was a small girl named Meda. The two of them performed in the streets to earn enough to eat. They used a tall bamboo pole which the teacher balanced on top of his head while the little girl climbed slowly to the top. There she remained while the teacher continued to walk along the road.

Both of them had to devote all their attention to maintain perfect balance and to prevent any accident from occurring. One day, the teacher instructed Meda, "Listen, I will watch you and you watch me, so that we can help each other maintain concentration and balance, and prevent an accident."

But Meda was wise and answered, "Dear master, I think it would be better for each of us to watch ourself. To look after ourself means to look after both of us. That way I am sure we will avoid any accidents and will always earn enough to eat."

Are you mindful of yourself, to protect and care for your own physical and mental health?  Don't worry if those around you aren't at their best. You can look after them once you are re-charged and at your most resourceful again.