I want you to care about other people today. When you focus on caring for others, something profound happens to you. Your attention will shift. You will move from self-centered awareness to life-centered awareness. Believe me, life centered awareness is a much greater perspective. Here, you will find yourself making decisions based on what is needed as a whole; rather than, needs based on fulfilling your own personal objectives.
When you begin to realize that you are part of a much greater awareness, some of your personal challenges seem smaller. Why? You will notice that everyone has needs, wants, and desires. Many times in life, we focus way too much on ourselves and not the needs of others. If you do this too much, you will become isolated and let no one into your life. Although there are times when you do need alone time to charge your batteries from so much outward focus, you will find that fully focusing on what you are doing for others is a distraction from self-centered awareness.
At the end of the day, do take some time for yourself. You will need to find ways to balance the needs of others with the needs of the self. In the end, you will notice that one of the greatest gifts we do have to give to others is to give our lives away knowing we have helped another person’s day a little bit better. This will also meet your own need to fulfill your reason for living or purpose in life.
Not long ago, I did a funeral for a man whose wife asked him to share with her the most important thing in life he could think of at the time. Without hesitation, he told her that the most important thing in life is to “care about other people.” He was a man who had won several awards for the contributions he made in the community. He was a Psychology Professor and planted many many seeds in the souls of his students. These seeds of awareness will allow his students to have perspective and have a purpose filled life for years to come. In caring about other’s needs, this Professor will live on from generation to generation to generation.