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A Haiku - Selfishness

Updated on February 24, 2015

A Haiku - Selfishness

Giving of ourselves

is more blest than receiving.

Satisfying, too.


Thinking of others....

If you ski, do you do it alone, or always with one or more friends?  Who typically puts the day together?
If you ski, do you do it alone, or always with one or more friends? Who typically puts the day together? | Source

Selfishness: The real Midas touch.

In the fictional tale of Midas, he wished that everything he touched might turn to gold. Sadly, in an ironic "moral of the story" he touched his beloved daughter.

Selfishness is like that. Selfish persons always think first of themselves, without fully weighing the consequences for anyone else.

Such a person is the last person you would want to include in a group of people who were starving with a limited supply of food to possibly last until relief arrives.

The selfish person is a step below the thoughtless person who can be excused for not having learned to think of others, but at least doesn't act only from self-interest.

In selfishness there is no real comprehension or exercise of "The Golden Rule." If there were, the selfish person would become one of life's most selfless persons.


Life is even more beautiful when we help others along their journey.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      If we are selfless then we are outwardly considerate, helpful and compassionate. So much better than looking inward all the time where we'll find fewer riches and a gaping hole.

      Great sentiment.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      annart - I agree and think that we cannot be true to ourselves without being true to others.

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      Just returned to the states after traveling for 14 days with a group of people who were kind, considerate and funny. When you are around people like that life is truly worth living. Voted up and beautiful

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      tirelesstraveler - 14 days of kindness, consideration, and fun would be great, even if you didn't have to travel to enjoy it. In fact, that atmosphere wherever we are is one to strive for. Thanks for the comment.

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      WritingInRichmond 2 years ago

      Beautiful poem. I like to think of charity as love realized through our actions. Thank you for the thoughtful hub!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      WritingInRichmond - That's a good definition for Charity, and actions always speak louder than words.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Never been on to think only about myself. I always put other ahead of myself and have never regretted that.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee - A wonderful trait and one that mothers seem to be especially adept at. Regret over times of selfishness are hard to erase.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This was a perfect piece to do now, especially with the holidays around the corner. I also loved the opening photo!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - It seems I remember a quote that went something like this: "The gift without the giver is empty." Giving of ourselves can be key.

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