“Here we are again my old friend, face to face. Looking in the mirror I told myself I no longer wanted to be selfish. What’s in it for me? You see, I’ve been a long time participant in the business world. I’ve been a Real Estate agent, a Car Salesman and even a Journalist. Times are tough and you must be willing to adapt to any situation at any given moment. I come first, you see what I’m saying?”
As I read his diary I can’t help but hear the sarcasm in his voice. Echoing through the world as if it had owed him something. My uncle passed away last year and we’ve all been going through the wringer. Tough times but I’ve finally mustered up the courage to dig through his old stuff. This book was the only one without dust on it.
“As death approaches I have my regrets.” The writings continue in an old fashion cursive. What a lost art. “Through out my experiences in life I was always too focused on what it was that I wanted. I could never really get a hold of myself. I question to this day, do I really know who I am? Instead of reaching out to others and connecting, I was lost in the world. Engulfed in the everyday confusion of just trying to get by… My family was always on the back burner, I never had any “real” hobbies. Did I really discover the true purpose of life?”
He was some what of a stoic, It was tough to read all of this. I knew I had to do it. At the last page I closed the book at his final word.
“Life is what you make it not what you make of it. The material world for me is about to end but I know somewhere my soul will live on, hopefully. If I only took the time to understand myself and discover the spirit side of my mind. This last breath may lead me to eternal life or external darkness.”
What’s In It For Me?
To be selfish is something I think we’ve all experienced. Take a walk with me. You see, life is about what you make of it. There’s always a rhyme to the reason and a rhythm to the reality. Harmony and balance are a key component to self-discovery and sometimes that requires us to reflect in somewhat of a selfish manner. No, that does not mean to hurt others or do harm to other’s lives. It means to choose what is right for you.
With the sense of being selfish you can choose to be selfless in other moments of time which could have a potentially greater impact on not only your life, but others. Take the time to decipher what you are actually doing with your time. Take a walk alone to understand what is in it for you. What this life has to offer is a journey some would die for and have never been given the chance to experience. What you take for granted other’s would beg to trade places.
In the light of the world we live in, be selfish to be selfless. Understand that each action you make has a direct impact on the world around you.
Question For The Day
What do you do on a daily basis that can either be considered selfish or selfless? Can you adjust the usage of your time and effort towards a more positive outlet?
Take the time to really evaluate where you stand in life. Alone time is not something to be considered, it is mandatory. To get time to yourself is equivalent to the therapeutic value of a message finally understood. The energy it takes to be selfish could be aimed at become selfless. We are all on this journey we call life, together. Never forget that.