The Monopolistic Corporation Called Selfishness

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Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you bring a good piece of news to the table there are always those who roll their eyes and could care less about your good fortune? Yet, these same people seem to dance with joy and jubilation when you are facing trials and weathering the storms of adversity. These are also those, who when they bring a piece of good news to the table expect the world to come to a halt and acknowledge their accomplishment, and feel ever so slighted if it does not.

Have you ever noticed that when something is important to you, there are some people who are quick to dismiss it as being insignificant, and feel that you should put it aside and devote all of your time and attention to the things that are important to them? These same people attempt to place undue demands upon your time and feel that no matter what you were doing or feel that you need to do, you should just put everything on hold because what they need is more important than anything that you could possibly have going on at the moment.

These types of attitudes are prevalent in our homes, in our schools, on our jobs, and yes, even in our Churches. Why do these attitudes exist? In a word – SELFISHNESS.

Maybe you are involved in a project or event that does not particularly interest me; however, I can at least show you the common courtesy of listening to you tell of your involvement and encourage you in your endeavors.

Maybe there are some things that I think are important and need to be taken care of right now; however, I do not need to be rude, crass, or totally inconsiderate of your time and what you may have going on at the moment.

Some of us need to realize that we are not the center of the universe, and everything does not revolve around what we think is important, or what we envision matters most to us. We need to take other people’s interests to heart, and learn to be a little more sensitive to their needs, and have a little more respect for their time. We need to learn that just because someone’s life is not of the same caliber as our own, it does not equate as that person not having a life.

The bottom line is this: Some people need to learn to stop being a monopoly, and learn how to be a viable, loving, caring, considerate part of a community that consists of others besides themselves.