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Beware of the Infection of Self-Centeredness


As we grow older, there is a tendency to drift into preoccupation with ourselves — our health, our physical problems, our sleep, money, trips, grandchildren and more. Unfortunately, this process may also include our seeming to lose interest in others—their trips, interests, accomplishments, and new items.


There is little as pleasant as another person taking interest in our lives. So it is essential that, as we grow older, and our drift toward self-centeredness progresses, that we resist the drift. It often requires a very deliberate decision to move in that direction.


Not only does such a choice thrill the ones we show interest in, but it is also an antidote against an older-person malady (ME-ism) that turns other people off.


Becoming a giver may require upgrading our self-concept. We must believe this truth—“I am a reservoir of blessings”. We are all full of goodness and must be ready to overflow with nourishment for the souls of younger folks. This is the heart of the message I keep trying to get people to believe — they can be, they ARE a great reservoir of blessings to other people, if only they will open themselves up to do so — to be so.


It doesn’t matter who you are, or how healthy, educated, wealthy or attractive you are . You have within you words, interest, stories and expressions that can make a wonderful positive difference in the lives of younger men and women. We are all potential healers. Stop that self-centered drift, and spill loving interest on some young ones. It can be life-giving to them, but it will always be spirit-lifting to us as well.


AS WE GROW OLDER, WE MUST DELIBERATELY TAKE THE SPOTLIGHT OFF OURSELVES AND TURN IT ON OTHERS.



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