“Look beyond yourself, see a need and meet it.”
There seems to be a continuum between selfish and selfless tendencies for most of us. On one hand, sustainable happiness and life satisfaction are rarely seen by focusing solely on ourselves. On the other, the complete focus only on the needs of others — although noble — has been demonstrated to also have a down side, including burnout and health challenges.
Where do you see yourself between these two poles?
How do you meet your own needs to have the capacity to serve and support others in your communities?
Where and when is it appropriate to be SELF-ISH to meet your own needs, or to be OTHER-ISH to meet the needs of others? How would doing so meet your own need for purpose and a more meaningful life? Consider checking out Joshua Becker’s new book, Things That Matter, for additional ideas on this subject.