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Make your happiness and peace of mind your number one priority. Once you have that you have power to really affect change. Helping others is a wonderful thing. Look at global efforts to help Tsunami victims and affected areas. You could rationalize it and say that helping is right thing to do, that contributing to any good cause is right thing to do. I agree.
But, we are not motivated by our intellect or rationalizations. It is emotion that moves us to act. Helping out makes us feel good and inversely we know that watching others suffer and not helping when we know we can will make us feel miserable. We don' t want to make ourselves unhappy.
If you can truly be honest with yourself you will see that beneath all sentiment is a need to tend to our own happiness. I like to volunteer because it makes me feel good. That is bottom line. The rest is just window-dressing. I have a selfish desire to feel good and so do you. There is nothing wrong with that.
Yoga, meditation and prayer make me feel good, too. Can you call those selfish pursuits? How about attending church or worshipping your higher power? Do those things make you feel good? Of course they do or you would not do them. If pursuing your own emotional well-being and feeling good is not what you would consider selfish, than I think that term "selfish" is highly misunderstood.
Tend to your "self" first. Be selfish. Then and only then can you really make a difference.
- David Parton 2005
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