I was at a family gathering back during the early summer in Staten Island, New York, where I grew up. Multiple family members and friends were in attendance and were often in or out of our minivan, or as we like to call it the “swagger wagon.”
I was approaching the 122,000 mile marker on the odometer, and the dashboard lit up with the words maintenance required. I knew it was coming, and had a maintenance appointment scheduled for the following week. Four different people over the course of the weekend commented that the hazard light was on, and that the minivan required service.
They easily identified it and pointed it out to me. The bright yellow light and bold words also were very clear. This made me start thinking about our own lives and the work we’re doing, supporting our families, workplace, and inspiring others.
Let’s think about the following:
* Do we have regularly scheduled maintenance in our own lives?
* What signals do we give off when we need maintenance in our life?
* How are we hurting ourselves if we don’t regularly maintain ourselves?
* Do we let others help us when we show those signals and who are those people?
Just like the minivan or “swagger wagon” as we like to call it, let’s make sure we not only have regularly scheduled maintenance, but let’s make sure that we are completing that for ourselves. Remember you can’t pour from an empty cup, so if you’re down, you won’t be able to help those around you as best you can.
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