"Love your neighbor as yourself" Jesus
"Thousands of candles can be lit by a single candle and the life of that candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." Buddha
Some people think that I am an unselfish person; in fact sometimes I even pat myself on the back for being unselfish. In truth, all of my motivations are SELFISH. Saying thank you, apologizing, doing kind things for people, self-deprecating humor etc. , it is all because when I do otherwise I feel like S**T! To make myself feel better I show gratitude, apologize or I do something kind because it all makes me happier!
A friend once pointed out that the directions the airline gives is to put your own mask on and then help others. This was told to me to discourage me from being kind to others and simply help myself. But what if I have my own mask firmly in place and am breathing sweet fresh oxygen and look at the others struggling and say “Nah, nah, nah, look at me! I am breathing happily and you are not. Poor you, lucky me!”
For some crazy reason that I just don’t understand, I have been so blessed. My life is practically a fairy tale. Things just always seem to work out and fall into place. Sometimes I think this makes it difficult for me to empathize with those who truly struggle. I am breathing oxygen and others are choking trying to secure their oxygen masks. But as long as I am getting more than my fair share of the Love, I will be kind, grateful and, hopefully, humble. On those days when my oxygen mask gets knocked off, I know I have friends who will rescue me.