It feels odd to hear the flight attendants remind us to put on our own mask before helping others. That’s backward, isn’t it?

The theory is that if you can’t breathe, it’s probable that you’re going to have a hard time lending a hand.

In our daily lives, the oxygen mask might be metaphorical, and the insecurity/threat might be invented, but it still feels real.

It’s worth remembering that the next time someone doesn’t act in a way you expect. It might be that they’re having a little trouble on their own, trouble you might not even be aware of.