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What it means to be selfless

Updated on May 23, 2017
Selflessness
Selflessness

Selflessness

What is the actual meaning of the word Selfless, and why do people think they are selfless and others don’t? The actual definition of selfless is a concern with the needs and wishes of others rather than the needs and concerns of yourself.

A-fight-to-the-finish is a quote that suggests selflessness. At least a portion of their life. Although some people might think they are more selfless than others, but that is with everything. You just have to believe that your selflessness, is good enough. For example, helping out the elderly even if you aren’t asked and you do have other things to do. That is a selfless act.

There are limitless things that can be considered being selfless, just find something and work towards it. I wrote a previous post about fighting to the finish why not check it out once you are finished reading this post.

Many people think that being selfless is doing things for themselves and only themselves is enough, but that is not what being selfless is. Being selfless is forgetting about yourself for a while and doing something for someone else. Even if you don’t have the time, why not try doing that even just once, you would be surprised at how good it will make you feel. Some people might think oh I feel fine now, but don’t you want to feel even better than fine, try being selfless why not try to help an elderly neighbor or buy something for someone who can’t afford it. The holiday season is right around the corner and if you start being selfless now, before Christmas it might even carry out until after Christmas who knows. Why not try to and see where it leads you, you might surprise yourself.

Give your time or at least some of it to others without being asked. Even if you’re asked to do it with a smile on your face. If you live your life helping others or even just being nice to others, then you will live a happier life, which could make your life that used to be limited in a sense a little less limitless because you are trying new things. Even if you are afraid to do something, try it anyway it might surprise you and the people that you surround yourself with. If you give a lot of yourself to others, then you will get a lot back or so the saying goes right?


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Selflessness

Selfless

I guess what I am trying to say is being selfless, is a good thing if you think of it as being a good thing which you should. Helping others before yourself gives your life some sort of purpose along with everything else, which you do in your life. If you try and live your life as being selfless, then you are trying to show people that everyone is equal and that makes for a better happier world all around. So why not try acting selfless, and see where that leads you? Christmas is coming why not try to help someone in need, even if you know that you have something better to do, try it even once and see how that makes you feel it might surprise you. Or you can do something else that is a selfless act it’s all up to you the person that is doing it, but why not give it a try before or even during the Christmas holidays, you might just make someone’s day. Wouldn’t that be great, see someone else smile because you did something nice for them? That is what selflessness is, and it is a nice change in your life isn’t it? Everyone is different so their selflessness is different so try not to knock someone down when they are being selfless everyone has their own way of doing things and we need to respect that.

Remember being selfless can come in a limitless sense, as well but never forget about yourself but don't forget about others either, be the selfless person just not too selfless. Living your life in a limitless selfless way, makes you forget about yourself and what you need to do to stay healthy, never forget about your health and family. Limitless selflessness is great. Just don't forget about everything else, you are a person too, and you have to come into play too, so never forget that.

To be selfless you have to be in control, of what you want, nobody else does. You have to push yourself, in order to get there, but you also have to be there for others that need you, and put yourself, aside. However not all the time, because if you do that then you will miss out on limitless things that can benefit your life, and nobody likes doing that. Missing out that is. Being limitlessly selfless towards people and the things that you do, you aren't really missing out on anything you are looking at it differently and doing different things to get whatever it is you want. At least that is the way I look at it.

Being limitlessly selfless you are focused more on other people and how to help them, in whatever it is that they need help with. Sometimes people might need a friend to talk to and you are just so busy you don't have the time but you take the time out of your busy day to get a coffee with that person just to talk. That is an example of being selfless and showing selflessness. There are limitless ways to be selfless as well as show selflessness, you just have to be willing to try things in order to do so.

It is very rare these days to see people do selfless acts because we all want recognition for what we do, but doing something selfless means we might not get recognition. That is okay though because doing something selfless in order to help someone else doesn't require recognition you are the only one that needs to know you did something selfless nobody else really needs to know because that is the not the point of being selfless, or at least that is how I understand it.


Showing/ Being Selfless
Showing/ Being Selfless

Think of others before you

Always remember that being selfless is thinking of others before yourself and not expecting things in return. If you are being selfless you don't need to get recognized for it, because that is not the point of selflessness. Selflessness is a limitlessly silent act that is shown to people around you so that you can help them out without being noticed or at least that is what I like to say. It is just to be kind to someone you don't always need recognition to be kind to people, which is why being selfless sometimes is a good thing.

What do you think being selfless is? or means?

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      Louise Barraco 13 months ago from Ontario

      Thank you Bill

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I have to tell you....you have the most pleasant smile. Your smile makes me smile, so thank you for that gift.