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Selflessness



“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.” ― Dalai Lama XIV


The meaning of the word selflessness according to the Oxford Dictionary goes like this, “concern more with the needs and wishes of others than with one's own.”. Selflessness is an important criteria in our lives. A mother is selfless when she puts the needs of our baby/children first. She is a true embodiment of selflessness as she cannot think of herself. She always puts her children first and others first before thinking of herself.


We live in a world where people are more self-centered and selfish. Being in the in crowd or being well known or talking about your entire life on social media seems to take precedence. Youngsters are obsessed with selfies and showing it off to the world through Instagram, Tik Tok and Facebook. This obsession of us thinking only about ourselves, less about others makes us more self-centered. Jesus tells us that the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 12:31). We obsess over what others look like and want to look or even aim to look like them. We want to own everything that the other person has. We scroll through the social media pages of others and there is envy as we want to be like the other person. Unfortunately, that is not good for our lives as we are putting more of our time and energy into this obsession and feeding it, than getting on with our lives and enjoying it by being contended with what we have, what we look like etc.


In the Bible the mother of Jesus, Mary was considered as the most selfless women as she sacrificed everything for her son. In life we need to start spending more time looking and caring for others than being obsessed with others. We need to start being more selfless and being able to help others rather than being selfish and being me centered and obsessive. My son always says sharing is caring. Maybe we need to start caring more for people around us and helping them, than being selfish and self-centered in this world which at the moment is filled with chaos and confusion. We live in a world where everyone is trying to grab their moment of fame.


To conclude in life, make a change and be less selfish and self-centered and see what a difference it makes to your happiness. Above all be a good example that will make a huge difference in someone’s life and be an embodiment of selflessness.

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