“SELFISH” VS. “SELFLESS”
We’re talking about the self in this series. This is no 7.
We introduce the word and concept of Selfishness.
We have to figure out who we are and what we want in life.
A person has to spend time on his or her SELF.
We can’t spend ALL of our time on ourselves.
We have to take others into our consideration, into our purview
of what belongs to our selves.
Of course, that’s right.
What happens when we seem to be spending all or most of our time and efforts on others?
What if we’re not being selfish, but selfless?
Often people think you are selfish if you spend ANY time on
yourself–especially when you have responsibility for others.
Women, after they are married, are often known as wives, mothers, homemakers (if they are doing that) and providers.
They often get the sense that they have lost them-Selves in
this work. They feel the world looks at them in only those
This gets to become more acute when women pass a certain age,
when, aside from the roles I’ve mentioned, women feel they
are non persons in any other sense.
On the street, men no longer look at them as attractive.
Scratch that: they no longer look at them at all!
Not worth a swiveled heard of admiration.
Or seen as anything except in those other roles.
Which is to say, often, as nothing at all.
A man too, although it is not recognized or discussed much,
can be considered (or at least consider himself) to be a husband,
And not much else.
Gone are other kinds of self-identifiers for many people.
I’m not saying it’s wrong, that it doesn’t indicate a maturity.
Just that a part of what used to be considered at least part of
the self, seems to have disappeared.
Thinking about your self in this way is not wrong.
It is being self-ish in the sense that what we are doing
is related to the self.
But it is not mean-spirited or wrong.
Could be that it is being selfless, not selfish?
If we don’t figure this out (and maybe beating ourselves up)
we won’t have a grown-up self.
And heaven knows in this world, we need to be grown-ups.
Tell your significant other he or she is beautiful.
I’m with you on this!
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