How much do we hear about selflessness? What does being selfless actually mean?
According to the freedictionary.com the definition of selflessness is: Having, exhibiting, or motivated by no concern for oneself; unselfish: a selfless act of charity.
When you help someone you have NOTHING to gain by your action. There isn't anything monetary you will receive. There isn't any television or social media press to pat you on the back. You are exhibiting an act from the kindness of your heart and the self-satisfaction you feel is your reward. True selflessness.
There are a lot of people with little or no money who help others and we only hear their stories of how they have sacrificed to help someone else. They shout it from the rooftops as they need to feel recognition because in their mind, they have nothing else. These people don't need outside recognition - they only need their own recognition for a job well done. When we hear someone with little money helping others, do we tend to wonder if people with a lot of money are helping people?
The simple answer is yes and they don't shout it from the rooftops because the satisfaction they receive from helping others is enough. True selflessness.
Everyone should be helping other people when they can. Selflessness is not giving so much of your resources you have nothing left for you. Take care of you first and then help others. Giving can be a smile, a note, an encouraging word, a dollar or five dollars so someone can eat a meal that day especially if they haven't afforded a meal in 24 hours. Not everyone knows where the soup kitchens are if they have never had a need before so we can't "assume" they should know this information. Selflessness is sharing a post on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn without being asked because you want to see someone succeed or you're inspired by what you have read.
Selflessness takes many forms and only you know what form it takes or can take in your life.
Move your life from selfishness to selflessness and watch your heart and life expand in ways you never imagined.