Put on Your Oxygen Mask First

This morning as Jenn was packing her things and preparing to leave for Farmer’s Market, she remarked to me about the breakfast foods in the house and what we had that cold be the basis of lunch. This discussion caused me to ask ‘what are you taking to eat?’ In typical fashion Jenn replied ‘I’ll be alright’ and I realized she had planned for me and my comfort but had given no consideration for her and her needs.

As I have been pursuing my theory of happiness I realize that it is easy to put someone else’s needs above our needs. We want those we love to be happy. However, I am smacked by the reality that we can not make someone else happy. We can try to not make them unhappy but we can never be the epicenter of their happiness.

It has been a while since I have flown; but I clearly recall the instructions to put on your oxygen mask first then help small children or others who require assistance. I believe the same is true of our happiness. We MUST find our place of happiness before we can help anyone as they seek their happiness.

I do believe we can help each other as we seek happiness. For this reason I have started a Facebook group ‘The Theory of Happiness’. It is a space where we can openly and honestly discuss our personal pursuit of happiness. If you would like to be a part of this group drop me a line me @ gayletabor.com and I’ll add you. It is a closed group (you can see the members but can not see the post without membership).

Which brings me to my fourth commandment: put on your oxygen mask first.

About Gayle

Gayle is a Social Media Enthusiast and Consultant with Biz Buzz Social Media Marketing; co-owner of Glynne's Soaps; a dalmatian rescuer; genealogist and member of the Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) and of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC); a Cubs Fanatic; hopeful bagpiper; purveyor of positive; and a curious seeker of life.
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