Tasha Richardson, blogger for a beautiful patience, introduces a new series “Invest in YOU” for the National Runaway Safeline. Posted here with some…

investTasha Richardson, blogger for a beautiful patience, introduces a new series “Invest in YOU” for the National Runaway Safeline. Posted here with some pearls of wisdom on making change.  Tasha was a Public Ally for NRS and dreams of changing the world one thought and positive interaction at a time. You can read more of her work on a beautiful patience and on NRS’ blog.

One of the first financial lessons in The Richest Man in Babylon states that ‘a part of what you earn is yours to keep’ (Clason 12).   No matter a person’s income, s/he should cultivate the capacity to pay his or herself first. In the book, it is recommended that the person set aside one-tenth of his or her income for self-pay to later invest in a worthwhile endeavor. This investment not only must be worthwhile, it must also be thoroughly researched and vetted by an expert in the field.   This process ensures an investment wisely made. The purpose of today’s post is to explore the ways that this first lesson can be made applicable beyond the realm of financial literacy into the realm of personal development and relationships.

How many times, have you given and given to others, only to find that you have nothing left for yourself? We are all guilty of this at some point in our lives. We devote all of our time, energy, love, and emotion to a loved one, our jobs, or a cause, and then turn resentful that our efforts aren’t or cannot be reciprocated. Often, we excuse this mismanagement of our internal reserves and immortalize them in quotes, songs, literature, poetry, and popular media and call this love. Take for example, some of the lyrics from Madonna’s song “Love Spent.” She croons, “Love me like your money/ Spend it ‘til there’s nothing/ Spend your love on me.”

The lyrics above would have us believe that we all have an endless supply of love and other emotional reserves ready for us to give to others. The truth is that we all have limits, especially when it comes to our emotions and our capacity to give to others. Why not recognize these and plan appropriately beforehand? This first lesson derived from The Richest Man in Babylon can seek to protect us from bankruptcy, unwise, and misdirected expenditures because we will first invest in ourselves.

Let us recall the instructions given to us when we are on an airplane. When the flight attendant gets to the portion about the oxygen masks, s/he urges us to put the oxygen masks on ourselves first before attempting to help someone else–even if that someone else is a child. Why the seemingly contradictory and counter intuitive advice? Because those powers that be that came up with this ruling knew that a person could very well never get to saving the other if they are passed out as a result of oxygen deprivation.

Just as it is essential to put the oxygen mask on our own faces first, before we can assist others, it is essential to invest in adequate self-care practices. Learning those things that recharge our batteries is the one-tenth that we set aside for future investments. What does self-care look like? The answer varies according to each individual. However, self-care practices generally span the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual realms, to name a few. See this article for ideas on beginning your self-care regimen.

After investing in yourself by doing those things that re-energize you, you need to investigate and research the best people, things, and places in which to place your time, energy, emotions, love, and affections. Failure to do so will cause you to lose all that you’ve previously invested. This means attracting and allowing positive and healthy people into your life…and seeking wise counsel from people who are experts at investing in themselves. These experts don’t have to be limited to the people you know personally, they can also be found in various mediums such as online and in books. Check out this article based on a speech given by Jim Rohn to learn more about the ways you can cultivate your mind and invest in enriching your life through developing a personal philosophy.

To close, think about ways that you can invest in YOU so that you can have even more to offer the world.