I was recently reminded by a friend that there is a reason why on an airplane they tell you to put your oxygen mask on before assisting your neighbor. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the world but I have found a huge amount of comfort in this reminder in the last few weeks. For me, this speaks true on several levels. First, it is the obvious reminder that we must care for ourselves. Second, our work doesn’t end once we are breathing and safe. The goal of this policy is that ultimately everyone on the plane is breathing and as safe as they can be.
I have heard it more times than I can count, “What a crazy year we are having!” In reality, most of what has gone on in 2020 is not new or particularly unique. So what is different this time? There are so many reasons that contribute to what is happening this year in the United States but the simple answer is more people are remembering to help neighbors put on their oxygen mask. There is so much work to do, masks to help with, and many communities that don’t have masks at all.
So Is your oxygen mask secure today? If not, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If it is, don’t be afraid to offer help.