It’s true.
We can’t ‘pour from an empty cup.’

But it’s not easy to step back.
So many are hungry or cold or thirsty for clean water
or scared or homeless or racist or uneducated or abused
or hurting or unwell or in pain or grieving
or unemployed or waiting as a loved one faces death
or are watching time slip by as their own death approaches.

The cumulative effect of it all
can drag us down
or drain our energy
or make us numb
or make us accident-prone
or even become ill ourselves.

When we experience Soul-Fatigue
we *must* take care of ourselves. First.
We must love ourselves enough
to say ‘no’ and to let go.

We must remind ourselves
we are human *beings*
not human *doings*
and make time
to simply ‘be’.

Make time
to fill our own cup
to show the compassion we show to others
– to ourselves
to inspire our heart
to enjoy the arts
listen to, look at and appreciate the simple things of life around us
laugh and play and be carefree
recognize and express gratitude or the blessings we often take for granted.

Because if we do not
we will become
unable to care for anyone else.

This day and each day
we must take a sip
from the cup of kindness
for and to ourselves.

May we heed the wisdom of the ages
expressed in song and poetry and art
and prose and Scripture and drama
and airlines
which remind us to first put our own oxygen mask
before helping another put on their oxygen mask.

We must take care of ourselves
in some way
every day
so we diminish



© June Maffin