“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.”
The Dalai Lama once said that if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. You might be wondering why there has not been any blogs written lately or podcast episodes produced. That is because I need a mental break from everything: Social media, podcasts, my phone, etc. My two week vacation came at the most opportune time. I felt that burnout setting in like I had never felt before. I think everything caught up to me from everything that has happened over this past year and trying to maintain a pace I had set for myself that was hard to keep up with.
For as long as I can remember I’ve told my family, friends and colleagues to always practice self-care by taking time for themselves. I’ve always been one to give out this advice but rarely took it until now. When I first started this blog it was to inspire others in improving their own moral compass and the five areas of Social Emotional Learning: self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making skills. I felt the words and what I wrote would hopefully resonate with others. I’m happy to say I think it has and for the record this by no means will be the last entry. I’ve realized how hard it is a write a blog a day and I did it for over a year straight while making podcasts five days a week. I also made daily videos of Stay Positive and Gratitude messages I have posted to Twitter and have sent out to the school staff I work alongside with since the pandemic began. I enjoyed and still enjoy doing it but realized once again I didn’t take care of myself in the process.
So why am I telling you all of this? I want to remind you to take time for yourself and if you are someone like me that will tell everyone to do so and not really practice what you preach you may in the long run burn yourself out like I did. Like in the quote above thankfully I realized that my own lantern was empty. I needed to take these two weeks to recharge in order for my light to shine brightly once more. I’m going to continue to produce the content I have been but not at the feverously pace I once had. Plus quality over quality is key. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I appreciate all of the love and support from family and friends.