Whether you’re the kind of person who waits till your gas tank is empty to refill, or whether you fill up at various points throughout your gas tank’s range so you can stay on full, I think we’d all agree that you’re going to fill up.
You wouldn’t get on empty, and then say to yourself, “Well, I’ll just keep driving until I run out of gas and then think about it.” And yet … this is what we do so often with ourselves. We wait till we’re on “empty.” Perhaps till we’ve hit rock bottom. Perhaps till there’s nothing left in us to give. And then we go find ways to peel ourselves off the ground and fill ourselves up.
I always say, “You can’t give from an empty cup.” I especially say this to people who say to me, “Wow you do so much!” Yes, I do. But I make sure to always fill my tank. I make sure it’s on full. Because only then can I “do so much” and “give so much.” I wasn’t always that way. I used to put everyone and everything before me. As moms, we can so quickly fall into that trap because we’re so busy devoting ourselves to our kids and our family.
But here’s the ironic thing. When I was busy putting everyone else first, thinking that it was the way to devote myself to my family, I found myself getting resentful and burning out.
It’s when we do the exact opposite, we fill our cup, that we have so much more to give.
How will you fill your cup today?