May, 2017

But First, Self-Care

It may initially sound counterintuitive: I’ve found that leadership must begin with exceptional self-care.  The perhaps-overused phrase “put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others” is inherently and unquestionably true.  Our individual needs must be met by and for ourselves before attempting to meet the needs of any group.  To do anything else over time courts burn out, dissatisfaction, bitterness, illness, and/or antipathy. I’ve learned this through excruciatingly painful, intimate experience, at times as frustrating as trying to draw water from an arid well.  In holy desperation I may be able to squeeze some drops out of the heat-baked […]