Remember, you belong to yourself first

Before you give yourself to the world, remember to connect within your one and truest home within yourself. Before you open your blinds and let the world in, remember to choose to let the best of you out.

Before you give yourself to your work, remind yourself that there was a “you” before there was a “you” who did anything at all, a “you” before you were defined by it at all. Before you let ambition consume you, remember that what you do has no bearing on who you truly are.

Before you give yourself to your partner, remember that you owe yourself a wellspring of love and compassion first. The love you have for them, and the love they have for you, is but a mirror of the love you keep in your own hearts. Remember to replenish your reserve of love for yourself first, before you pour yourself into anyone else.

Before you give yourself to your children, remember that they depend on a parent who was just like them years before.  Remember that you parent yourself before you parent anyone else; and the needs of the most vulnerable parts of you are still deserving of your care and attention, no matter who else depends on you.

Before you give yourself away, to a person or place or purpose — remember that your allegiance lies first with yourself; showing anything less than total loyalty to yourself is to betray yourself, and that is the ultimate crime. 

Before you give yourself away, remember with whom it is that you will always stay. 

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