Power of Selflessness
With so many crimes happening all over the world, there is one question that comes to mind….
How these acts could have been prevented?
The Paris shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, 12 people were shot and killed because terrorists were offended at what this satire magazine was writing about. My heart goes out to the families and I pray they will receive all they need to move on from this tragedy. I know their lives will never be the same and it saddens me these innocent people died because they were doing their jobs.
At the root of it all many crimes such as this are selfish acts that are filled with pride. The hearts of many feel they are being hurt and needed to do something. It is their pride that is attacked, and they will not back down until something is done. In this case that something was murder. This has prompted me to write about the power of selflessness.
Had these terrorists taken the time to think about their actions and what it could mean to the people they were hurting, they might not have done it. Even in simple things I encounter every day, I catch myself being selfish and I have to check myself. I have to understand my role and influence I have on others.
As an entrepreneur who created CayVisions, I understand we are all human. Through years of experience, I know we all make mistakes. But we only get one chance on this earth and I want to spread the word on why it is important to be selfless and the beautiful transformation it has on people’s lives. So today, I want to take the time to discuss the benefits of being selfless and putting focus not on themselves, but on others.
Dissolves Pride – The Most Dangerous Sin
Pride is probably one of the most dangerous sins known to humans. To begin, let’s look at the definition of pride itself.
According to Dictionary.com, pride means “a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.”
Do not get me wrong. There is a good pride that is our own dignity and self-respect as a human being. But then there is the bad pride. This is what I am referring to. The pride that believes they are superior and are full of conceit and arrogance. Pride that gets in the way of people doing the right thing. They are only out for their own personal gain, without caring about whom they hurt along the way. In the end, this causes people to die inside and become heartless.
Selflessness rids people of this. It gets your focus off of you and onto doing what is right for the greater good. You want to help people more and it is a humbling thing that leads to a way of life that is beautiful and worth living.
Opens Your Mind
Selfishness limits ones thinking. If you look at the great inventors and entrepreneurs in the world such as Walt Disney, Bill Gates, or Richard Branson (owner of Virgin), you can see they did not start their companies with the thought of making money. They wanted to build a brand that would impact the world and be a solution for consumers. They did not focus on vain pursuits. This is one of the reasons why their business has stood the test of time and remained strong with billion dollar valuations for their brands.
Adopt a life of selflessness and watch as your mind opens to the beautiful possibilities of the world.
Helps Build True Friendships
Take a second and think of all the great friends you have in your life. Examine why they are such great friends and why this relationship is so great. Bottom line, these people are most likely caring people who focus on building a relationship that is a decent amount of give and take. They are selfless, loving, and are good hearted people. True love and friendship involves forgetting about yourself and a willingness to put the needs of others first.
Makes You More Attractive
Most selfish people seek praise and attention. The irony in this is if they simply were more caring and selfless, they would receive more recognition for being such a great person! A great personality always exceeds a hot body and a bad attitude can significantly lower a person’s attractiveness. Having empathy and being mindful of how others feel is a quality we all naturally appreciate in others.
A Happier You
“But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)
Those who give and are selfless will live a life that is bountiful and full. They lack nothing and attract good things in their life. Those who are selfish lack in something that is more valuable than money. They lack happiness. Imagine living all your life and accumulate a great deal of wealth and only thinking of yourself along the way. Then, you look back and realize, you have nothing but wealth. You did not build friendships or relationships. You let pride destroy you as a person and now you have nothing left.
Money will never buy happiness. Doing selfish acts will get you farther away from feeling joy. However, being selfless could bring you so much happiness, you might not even know what to do with it.
The Time to Change is NOW!
Make a conscious choice today to be selfless and focus on how you can help others. Be wise and adopt a life that will bring you peace and happiness. However, be sure to let go of anyone who takes advantage of you. Always aim to do good work while guarding your self-respect.