There’s nothing wrong with a selfless act, but let’s be realistic here.
It won’t pay the rent.
Putting yourself first isn’t selfish by default.
The cyclist at the front of the peloton creates a windbreak for the pack behind. And they wouldn’t be at the front if they’d spent time giving tips to other riders.
Doing something for other people is always much harder when we haven’t looked after ourselves first — no matter how much we want to do it.
When we give ourselves enough time, love, care, and respect first, there’s always more than enough to go around.
And it’s worth sharing.
Because you can’t win a race that nobody else is running.
Here’s a story about an old bloke who went on one last adventure.
As the pandemic shuttered doors across the globe last April, Captain Tom began to walk a marathon around his garden to raise £1000 for the NHS. And when you’re 99 and use a walker, that’s no mean feat.
By the morning of his 100th birthday three weeks later, Tom had raised over £35 million and was nothing short of a household name.
He received 150,000 birthday cards. The RAF flew over his house. The Queen knighted him. He recorded a number one single, has two Guinness world records, and was GQ’s ‘Inspiration of the Year.’
On January 31st this year, Captain Sir Tom was admitted to hospital with COVID-19 and died shortly after.
The last year of his life was nothing short of remarkable and he never saw it coming. He just decided to do what he could to help out.
What a way to go.
And it just goes to show that it’s never too late to make a difference, even if you think that difference is too small to bother making at all.
Life might just surprise you.