What does it mean to be Self-Full™?
Self-Less, Self-Full™, and Selfish Defined
Have you ever had experiences where you’ve felt pulled in so many different directions? Life continues to tear you down because you’re doing absolutely everything for absolutely everyone else, except yourself. For example, you’ve had an extraneously long week at work. You’re boss has been out of town and you’ve collected more hours of work which has left you stressed and exhausted. It’s Friday afternoon and the only thing you’re thinking about is getting into your bathtub at home. Then, one friend calls you to ask if you can help them move a few boxes into a new apartment, and of course, without even thinking you say yes. After you’ve agreed to help them, you immediately feel resentment because you have asked this friend to help you with a task before, and they denied. But, internally you feel that if you help them with this move, maybe they will help you down the road. Then, the same day, another friend calls you to go out for drinks across town. Even though you’re exhausted from helping your friend move a dozen boxes up and down the stairs for two hours, you can’t say ‘no’ to the other friend who’s asking you to meet up for drinks because you haven’t seen them in a while. You always say yes, no matter what the circumstance may be. You would do anything for a friend, even if your body and soul is telling you otherwise. I’ve got news for you… This is the act of being self-less. Those who are self-less have not learned to adequately love themselves. Most believe that receiving love is contingent upon doing-they must give (a part of themselves) in order to receive (love and positive attention).
So, then what is it to be self-full™? You have a great understanding of boundaries and yourself. If you were self-full, you wouldn’t allow your friends to take advantage of your time and energy, but you would communicate in a kind way that you need your down time, and would be happy to assist or meet them out when you’re schedule slows down a bit. Internally, this would not eat at you. You would feel comfortable and at ease knowing that your friends understand your situation and will still be there for you. You let your friend know that once you’ve had a night to yourself, you will be glad to help them move the next day. You know how to meet your emotional needs. You have to fill yourself up with love in order to give love and compassion to others. So, in other words, if you’re self-full, you have reached the status of self-love in full capacity.
Now, we all know those who are on the opposite side of the self-less spectrum, the selfish. The selfish individual is one who is entirely focused on having his or her needs met all the time. The selfish individual would never go out of his or her way to help a friend move, nor would they give of their time unless it was their idea to meet a friend out for drinks. The selfish individual will feed off the energy of others, without making any attempts at replenishment. The selfish individual lacks real empathy and often puts their needs before others.
So, the next time you’re feeling worn down and dried up internally. Take some time for yourself to renew, rejuvenate, and revive yourself to be able to extend yourself to others. There is nothing wrong with enjoying your ‘down time’. So, go ahead… fill up that bathtub, drop in some essential oils, turn on the relaxing music, and treat yourself to some chocolate covered strawberries on a Friday night. Once you become self-full™, you’ll realize the true potential of living a more balanced life.
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