Being (Slightly) Selfish is Absolutely Necessary

Being (Slightly) Selfish is Absolutely Necessary

We spend so much of our daily lives helping others – our families, our friends, our employers, our employees.

At what point in time did we stop helping ourselves and start helping everyone else?

Was it when we graduated high school or college? When we got our first job? Got married? Had our first child? Our defining moments take a little more of the attention off ourselves and put a little more attention on someone else.

I think once we are able to pinpoint those defining moments, we’ll allow ourselves to find a healthy balance between helping others and helping ourselves.

Who were we before we were a mother, father, or professional (insert title here)?

There was a point in time when we didn’t feel the guilt associated with being slightly selfish. We had no problem bettering ourselves through education, sports, creative thinking, or even just rest.

Today I challenge you to schedule time to be selfish. Sign up for a cooking or art class, take a new class at the gym, pull out your dusty guitar you haven’t played in years. Allow yourself to learn something new or reinvigorate a long-lost talent.

After all, being a little selfish made you the well-rounded individual you are today, didn’t it?

4 thoughts on “Being (Slightly) Selfish is Absolutely Necessary

  1. I think the concept of “being selfish” is an important one. What do we teach our children by being “selfless” and catering only to the needs of others? We teach them not to care for themselves — especially the girls. I’m learning to pay attention to being selfish — a little like the safety announcements on airplanes…put your oxygen mask on first and then help those around you! You can’t help anyone if you can’t breathe. Great post!

  2. I think time management is a key here. I know my mom felt like she never had time for her more because she and my family weren’t the greatest at arranging items so that we left the house did everything we had to do and then came back and were home for the day. Rather, we would leave, come back for 20 minutes, leave, come back for and hour, leave, come back for 5 minutes, etc. If we had managed our time better most days, then she would have had more time (1 hour 25 minutes at home where she could actually get a lot of stuff done.) I’m still working on this one, but I think it’s key to finding “me time.”

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