By Eliza Bloom
I hear a lot these days about how important it is
to put ourselves first, to get to know ourselves,
to really decide what is best for ourselves.
But what would happen if, just for a moment, we
stepped beyond ourselves? If today, we endeavored
very carefully to not think about ourselves much
at all. To think instead about someone who has
less than us. To think about someone who needs
our help. To hold in our minds and bless those
people in this world, beyond ourselves, who have
given us love and affection and caring and peace.
And even those who have not.
What if we decided that our only job is to live
each day with the notion that we are being held
up--buoyed on the backs of angels--and so our
only role in this world is to maintain a calm,
loving spirit and to put that loving spirit into action
every chance we get? To cram as much love and affection
into our kitchens and cubicles as time will allow.
To feel the joy that comes with connecting with
another--with helping one another--so completely
that the sensation completely overwhelms our
human faculties until it makes us so happy we
want to throw our shoes in the air.
Let's do an experiment. Today, let's turn every
experience--every emotion--outward. If you're
feeling sad, cheer someone up. If you're feeling
anxious, comfort someone. If you're feeling poor,
help someone who has less than you. Experience
how selflessness is in your best interest after
Eliza Bloom is a frequent contributor to many
award-winning online publications, including
http://www.momscape.com, which provides tools
for soulful parenting and conscious living, as
well as http://www.BestSelfHelp.com, which catalogs
the web's best self-help tools.