"The Lifestyler" Internationally Know Celebrity Psychic, Life Coach and Stylist John Michael Capaldi.
People accuse each other of being selfish all the time. It’s a very common word used in everyday language. “You’re so selfish!” says your parent, sibling, partner, friend, or even just your next-door neighbor. People have hijacked the word selfish by using it to their own ends. When it’s thrown your way, that familiar accusation tries to manipulate you. We have to understand what it is to be ourselves and to do for ourselves. Because if we don’t do for ourselves, we can’t do for others. There is nothing wrong with taking care of your self as well as you take care of others. But there’s a happy medium between knowing what’s selfish and what isn’t selfish.
There’s an old story in the Catholic Church that my mother used to tell me when I was a kid. It’s about the pelican, who is arguably the poster-bird of unselfishness in nature. If there’s no food to be had for her hatchlings, the mama bird literally takes strip of flesh from her own body to feed them. The pelican is used as a symbol of unselfishness and sacrifice at the altar in the Catholic Church. Now, the Pelican is very admirable and all—but it’s a bird. As a human being, if you’re killing yourself to help other people, you’re not helping yourself. And if you’re not helping yourself, you’re not allowing yourself to be fed and to be taken care of. With all of that going on, you lose not just yourself—you lose everything...
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