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Safety Gear

on June 9, 2014

FirefightersIt’s hard to imagine anyone braver than firefighters who will walk straight into a burning building to rescue those inside. Wearing the best of protective gear doesn’t make that bravery any less – only more effective.

What enables you to protect yourself so that you can help others?

via Daily Compass – Inspiration for your spiritual expedition.


I have an affliction. It may seem like a horrible thing to some but it is a great thing to others. It is called “helium hand”. This means that whenever the question is asked “Who wants to do this?”, my hand automatically goes up. I volunteer for just about anything that is asked. My mother has the same affliction. She has this much worse than I do. She volunteers for so much that she is often overwhelmed and stressed. She will schedule too many things on the same day. She will forget that she has other things going on that day and say “sure I will take you.” Her health is suffering from her stress. She has diabetes, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure.

I have learned from her experience. I know that I cannot help the entire world. I can only help a select few. I choose who I help very carefully. I also put myself in that group and I help myself. I know that I need to take care of myself and my family. Due to this knowledge, I am healthier and less stressful than my mother. I still stress from time to time, but not nearly as much. I feel there is a fine line between helping and martyrdom. I try to walk that line carefully.

So, what enables me to protect myself so that I can help others? I would say my husband does that. He is my voice of reason. He is my rock and protector. He will step in and say “You cannot do that. You already have enough on your plate.” He is also there when I get stressed. He allows me to rant and vent. Then, he looks at me and smiles, gives me a hug, or just listens.

My daughter is another protection I have. She will say, “No, you sit down and let me do that.” She checks on my mom every day and helps her out. She also does so much around the house and she never complains. She does a lot so that I don’t have to.

My support system enables me to protect myself so that I can help others. And I dearly love them for it.

What enables you to protect yourself so that you can help others?


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