You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself - Cicero
That’s an interesting way of expressing the concept of self-care. Most of us desire to help others and to make a positive impact on the world. Often however, we’ve been taught to think that if our effort doesn’t come at some personal cost to us – some “sacrifice” – that it doesn’t really count somehow.
Certainly there are those who make great sacrifices, up to and including laying down their lives for others. But to move society forward as a whole, to bring about a culture of Mutuality, we need to recognize the value of ourselves equally to the “other.”
It’s important to recognize, as the old adage goes, that we are neither ahead nor behind those we travel with. We are beside them; part of them; one with them.
Once we truly embrace that perspective, we will be able to contribute the most – to them, and to ourselves.