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.