How to Get a Piece of Peace in Your Life

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Selfish or Not?

Selfish = only thinking of one's self
Selfless = not thinking of one's self

We need one more word to be added to the dictionary:

Self-full = thinking for one's self

We are consistently taught that selfishness is not a valued trait. Yet, the ironic part is that if we are not selfish to some degree, we cannot truly function well for ourselves or for others. The internal system would come crashing down if we tried to be endlessly selfless.

Reteach yourself the mantra, "In order to love others, you must learn to love yourself."

Remember the protocol for being in an airplane and suddenly the oxygen supply is cut off. You are instructed to put the mask on your self first, and then help others who cannot do it for themselves. This protocol is good to apply to life.

Be self-full, and then, in turn, you can be selfless.