When travelling on airlines, as part of the operational safety procedures, we will hear:"Please put on the oxygen mask on yourself first before tending to your children."
Isn't it counter-intuitive to our natural instinct to protect our young ones first?
Or do you know that experienced life-guards will let swimmers in trouble "drown" first before attempting to bring them on-shore for resuscitation?
Before you start kicking life-guards in the press, maybe you can pause and reflect whether it's easier to rescue one drowning person or two drowning persons - never mind if the other inexperienced rescuer is just trying to help...
I love to follow my heart over what my mind says. But on this topic, I constantly have to remind myself to heed the sound logical reasoning of the mind over the emotional instinct of the heart.
This is also one of those "right" actions that may incur lots of public criticisms and rebuke after the fact. It takes courage to do the "right" thing.
Successful people who took care of themselves first are able to contribute back to society. You see their names on roads, hospitals, university halls, etc.
Most just see the generosity and kindness part. If these philanthropists cannot take care of themselves first, can they help others?
Some understand this truth but is hesitant or reluctant to be seen to be taking care of themselves first. They fear public accusations of being selfish, egotistical, and putting me first.
No? Is reputation or the viewpoint of strangers more important than the well-being of your child?
In an airplane emergency, you put on the air mask on your child and expect your child to take care of a passed-out you? Now that's pushing the "play victim" role a bit too far...
Have we seen examples of these in our everyday lives outside of the airplane analogy?
You probably noticed I don't talk much about the investments and speculations in my blog. You've guessed right! I am busy trying to stay afloat myself!
If I can take care of myself, it will be better for my family, my neighbours, and country.
Handouts or subsidies have to come from somewhere...