I know I know, you’re thinking, “When is it ever a good thing to be selfish?”
I’m a perfectionist. I like to be the best, I like to do it exactly right, just as the teacher said. I like to be the class-favorite, the one who’s good at what she does. It’s a pride thing, and I fully admit to that.
Sometimes, I find myself worrying so much about what other people are going to think that I forget about myself. Even when I’m feeling like my heart will explode, or I’ll throw up, or my legs will give out, I suck it up and work harder simply because I want to impress whoever is there. I need to slow down and remind myself to take care, to give it a break. My mother is constantly reminding me not to overdo it – she’s right, it’s not healthy, mentally or physically.
In a yoga class recently, I realized I was focused so much on what my teacher would think of me that I had stopped thinking about myself! In many areas of life (but in yoga especially) it is all about YOU. Not anyone else, no competition, just YOU. I realize that this is an unusual situation since normally our lives are focused on serving and bettering others. This is an exception that helps prove the point…
A friend of mine said, “Always give the best you have that day to give. But that doesn’t mean you have to be the best!”
It’s so true! The best you have to offer is just that – YOURS. It’s yours to give, yours to show. We do our very best, not for everyone else to see or notice, but for ourselves! To push us, to keep moving, to grow.
Be selfish with your best. :-)