This as an outreach to those selfless individuals among us who are often so busy taking care of others that they rarely make time for themselves. Of course, truly selfless individuals will likely struggle to recognize this about themselves. Not to worry… that’s just one of the many things that your friends and colleagues love about you.
Do you often find yourself thinking more about the needs of others than about your own? When deciding how to invest your time or money, do you usually put a higher priority on what’s important to others than on what’s important to you? Does helping someone else often bring you more joy than taking time for one of your favorite hobbies? If so, please read on!
Thoughtful, caring and giving…selfless individuals like you are truly a blessing to those whose lives you touch. I know, because I am blessed to have many selfless people in my life. And while I admire them and am humbled at the meaningful impact I see them have on others…I also worry about them.
Too often, I see these individuals struggling in their own lives…drained of the energy that they so freely pour into the lives of others. Habit 7 of Stephen Covey’s, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” speaks about the importance of sharpening the saw. In Covey’s words, “Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have—you.” This is important for all of us. It is important for you! And because you probably struggle to make time for yourself, it’s also likely more difficult for you.
So, are you…selfish enough?