Stream of Consciousness Sunday

Today I spent the day doing something I didn’t want to do.  Being around people I really didn’t want to be around.  Eating food I really didn’t want to eat.  I don’t spend my time like that much anymore, having done so for a good part of my life.  But life calls on us to be unselfish at times.  Nothing I was doing was harmful or illegal.  It just wasn’t how I would have liked to have spent my day.

The balance is figuring out how often we should do something to make someone else happy versus doing things to make ourselves happy and take care of ourselves.  I know that the time I gave today was appreciated by more than one person.  I put someone else’s happiness above my own.  And I survived it, despite my internal eye rolling at times (something I’m not proud of but it we are going stream of consciousness and honesty here, I have to confess it).

I struggle a lot with when to be selfish with myself and my time.  With when to meet my own needs.  Today, I’m glad I decided not to be selfish.

Note – My Twitter Friend Fadra Nally challenged us to do the Stream of Consciousness post – read her post here.

4 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness Sunday

  1. I feel like that often too. I’d so much rather be alone sometimes that socialize. My husband loves to have company – cook out and such. Fortunately this time of year I catch a little break. I always end up having a good time but I’m never one to volunteer doing something.

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  2. Great, great post. I spend a lot of time being selfless at the expense of my own self. Believe it or not, I’m trying to learn to be just a tad more selfish. We all need to find a good balance of both.

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  3. This rings very true for me. I’ve often thought one of my failings in life is being so selfish with how I spend my time. The older I get the more I realize that loving someone means giving them all of you — your complete attention even if it is doing something that really isn’t your cup of tea.

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  4. It’s hard to give away your time, especially when it’s spent doing something you’d rather take a pass on; but if in the end you feel good about it then it was well spent and worth it.

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