Are we focused on others or ourselves?
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Altruism is defined as being “the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.”
In life, we can choose how we want to give our attention,- our focus. We can be inward focused on serving ourselves, but the way we best serve ourselves is by serving others.
When we are focused on ourselves we cut ourselves off from healthy connection. We may grow problems within our mind and make them much bigger than they actually are. Yet, when we are focused on serving others and looking with empathy and understanding, connection forms the basis for seeing life grow and flourish.
Don’t Pursue Happiness…
“Don’t pursue happiness. Pursue a lifestyle that gives happiness.” – Dandapani
When we are in pursuit of something, it is also an admission that we are in lack of what we are pursuing. I do not mean “lack” in a completely negative sense, just as a dance may be viewed as two partners in pursuit of each other. Yet happiness is not an object or a person, it is a state of being, an experience. It is an expression and emotion that comes out of us when we are in a place of contentment.