The Mother Duck's Lesson
The Importance of Self-Care
Once upon a time, there was a mother duck who had a brood of little ducklings. She loved her ducklings very much and would do anything to make sure they were safe and well-fed. Every day, she would take them to the river to swim and hunt for food. She taught them how to catch fish and showed them where the best seeds and insects could be found.
One day, while they were at the river, a group of children came to feed the ducks. The mother duck was very happy to see them, as she knew that this meant there would be plenty of bread for her ducklings to eat. She watched as the children threw pieces of bread into the water, and she rushed to get her fair share for her little ones. She was very protective of her ducklings, and she made sure that they all got enough to eat.
As the feeding continued, the mother duck became more and more frantic. She was so focused on getting food for her ducklings that she didn't take any time for herself. She didn't rest, she didn't swim, and she didn't even eat. She was so busy making sure her ducklings were fed that she forgot to feed herself.
After a while, the mother duck became very tired and weak. She couldn't keep up with her little ones, and she couldn't protect them as well as she had before. She realized that she had been giving so much to her ducklings that she had neglected herself. She knew that if she didn't take time to rest and recharge, she wouldn't be able to take care of her ducklings for much longer.
The moral of the story is that it is important to take care of yourself as well as others. If you give too much to others and don't take time for yourself, you will become tired and burnt out. Just like the mother duck, you need to make sure you are well-fed and rested so that you can continue to help others. Remember, you can't pour from an empty cup.