Most of us don’t think we’re selfish do we? Just like no one ever says they are a bad driver 😉
Facebook is flooded with ‘positive’ self help messages and I expressed my opinion on them in this post.
Once again, I find myself irritated by them and muttering all sorts of replies and rebuttals to their inane ‘wisdom’. You see, to me, they are all so selfish. So entirely self focused and self serving. If someone does you wrong, cease all communication. If someone gets angry at you, it’s their problem. If people don’t make you feel happy, then find people who do. Me, me, me.
Now, like I said at the beginning, we don’t think we’re selfish. No, quite the opposite. We see ourselves as generous, loving, and self sacrificing. Mmmmm, the reality is a little different, I think.
I caught the end of one of my favourite movies, The Book of Eli, the other night, thanks to a bout of insomnia, and saw the part when Eli answers the question about what’s so special about the book (for those who haven’t seen the movie, the book is the bible). His answer is simple yet profound.
Do more for others than for yourself.
It’s just another way of saying love people. Really, really love people. Love them more than yourself. Love them more than is sensible. Love them when other people tell you you shouldn’t. Love them when it’s hard. Love them and don’t stop.
Jesus said it way before the scriptwriter of The Book of Eli did, yet we still can’t grasp this truth.
And you want to know why? We’re hearing the words but refusing to know the first one who said them. Because, it’s hard to not be selfish, we need something, someOne, outside ourselves. I know I do. I know that without outside help, I am selfish. Even when I think I’m not, I know I am. And you are too if you’re honest.
And in the meantime, I’ll try to love those who write those ridiculous sayings that get plastered all over my facebook newsfeed everyday. I’m not saying I’ll succeed, mind you, but I will try!