Stop Being Such a Self-Centered Dick

Stop Being Such a Self-Centered Dick

Digging Up An Old Friend, Mike Gagnon, 2021, Digital Mixed Media. Copyright Mike Gagnon 2024. 

Alright, so picture this: we're all cruising through life, doing our thing, chasing our dreams, and dealing with our own problems. Totally normal, right? But here's the kicker – sometimes, we get so caught up in our own bubble that we forget there's a whole world out there beyond ourselves.

Now, I'm not saying we should completely forget about ourselves and become selfless saints overnight. That's just not realistic. But what if we all took a little step back from our own lives every now and then and thought about how our actions affect others and the world around us?

Think about it like this: when we make an effort to understand where someone else is coming from, it's like putting on their shoes for a minute. Suddenly, their struggles and joys become a whole lot clearer, and we're more likely to lend a helping hand or a listening ear.

And hey, it's not just about warm and fuzzy feelings – although those are pretty nice too. Being less self-centered can actually make the world a better place. When we start thinking about the bigger picture and how our choices impact the collective good, we're more likely to make decisions that benefit everyone, not just ourselves.

Take something as simple as recycling or using public transport instead of driving everywhere. Sure, it might be a bit less convenient in the moment, but in the long run, it's better for the planet and for future generations. And isn't that worth a little inconvenience?

Plus, being less self-centered can do wonders for our relationships. When we're not constantly focused on what we can get out of a friendship or partnership, we're free to really connect with people on a deeper level. It's all about building those genuine connections and supporting each other through thick and thin.

And hey, it's not just in our personal lives – being less self-centered can totally rock the workplace too. When we're not always out for number one, we're more likely to collaborate with our colleagues, share ideas, and lift each other up. Teamwork makes the dream work, right?

But hey, I get it – it's not always easy to break out of old habits and start thinking about others more. It takes practice, self-reflection, and yeah, maybe a little bit of effort. But trust me, the payoff is so worth it. When we start looking beyond ourselves and thinking about how we can make the world a better place for everyone, that's when the magic happens.

So yeah, let's all try to be a little less self-centered, yeah? It might just be the key to unlocking a happier, more connected world for all of us.

Thanks for reading,

Mike

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