Concern more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own.
Listening to this all week in October during my weekly Sunday services had urged me to start writing the way I understand this word on a personal level. Mind you, the posts I have been writing lately have been reaching nowhere outside my personal space. Which is great. I tend to prefer writing lengthy posts that might as well identify with my messy thoughts, than to have all of which, outspoken in real life. Writing, in a sense, helps me to form these messy thoughts into words that often resonate thoroughly, and that clearly is one of the many reasons why I love doing it.
So to speak, I will start with talking about my understanding of this overwhelming concept through bullet points that note below:
- We sometimes get too caught up with our own little world, that we forget those around us. Self-care, and paying full on attention to yourself is super important. To treat ourselves a little better everyday, may become that very anecdote in reaching the journey of ultimate self-love. I’m not saying that it’s wrong to put yourself above others, but oblige yourselves to try and remember the people who are in need of help as well when you can. Humans are gregarious creatures, and it comes naturally for them to rely help to those around them. With all the time left to spare during your vacancy, have you ever thought of doing something- anything selfless to someone?
- The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). The countlessly told story of this good man never ceased to amaze me. The way he treated this stranger, despite his disreputable background, is truly remarkable on its own. Unlike the two previous ones who shrugged carelessly, ignoring this poor swindled man. This Samaritan did everything he could for a person he barely knew, ended up paying, feeding, caring, and carrying him to the nearest inn he stumbled upon that very moment. He gave his all. This goes to show that selflessness, can come from pretty much anyone. With little to no expectations, the ones whom we originally label badly may overshadow their label into something much more. That being said, is important to set aside all negative implications on someone, before actually knowing them for the better.
- Selflessness should be applied to anyone, with literally no exception. Whether it being a person who has hurt you in the past, or a backstabbing friend, preserving a selfless mind would give you a chance to give back to them. Nicely. I’m not trying to convince anyone to immensely dive themselves in ever so deeply in helping the ones that are against them, but rather, do what you can, at the least of not over-paying all that attention on them in moderation. The picture obviously excels to the people who do you good. Friends, relatives, family members, and anyone who during most times, care for you: pay closer attention to these people, supply them with whatever they need when you can, at your best. Simple things, like listening, asking them how they are, being there for them, and helping them out with small things will do a lot more than you originally thought it would.
- Never expect anything in return. Do it because you want to. Nothing appears better than to acknowledge beneficial results of the person you’re helping out with. Be sincere, and kind. Make sure they know that what you’re doing comes purely from the heart, and not anywhere else. To know that you have impacted someone through your selfless behaviors, outweighs everything else, to be honest. And I literally speak from personal experience with this one.
“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” – Leviticus 19:18
Thank you so much to those of you who made it this far. As always, I wish for nothing but insight being placed upon you. Yes, you. The one who currently reads this. Feel free to share this to anyone whom you think might need to read it, if you must. Selflessness is kind of a rare gem to explore these days, yet let this post be that small candle of light who helps lit others upon doing the same.
I am as well constantly trying everyday, to enact change in people through little selfless acts as I speak. Testimonies regarding selflessness may vary, but I’m extremely glad to have the chance of sharing mine today through this blogpost. I’m open to suggestions and feedback if you spot anything that caught your eye on this post, or any other ones that you happen to stumble upon on my blog. My writing is far from perfect, but despite the flaws, I just wanted to let you guys know that these all came out straight from the bottom my heart.
God bless you.