“All her instinct as a woman—the eternal nourisher of children, of men, of society—demands that she give. Her time, her energy, her creativeness drain out into these channels if there is any chance, any leak. Traditionally we are taught, and instinctively we long, to give where it is needed and immediately. Eternally, woman spills herself away in driblets to the thirsty, seldom being allowed the time, the quiet, the peace, to let the pitcher fill up to the brim.” Anne Morrow Lindberg, Gift from the Sea
I think this quote is as true today as it was many years ago when Anne wrote it. And, it goes nicely with my whole work life balance theme, wouldn’t you say?
Question: can you relate to this quote? Do you feel like you’ve been taught to give of yourself before taking care of yourself? When is one appropriate over the other?