Becoming Bigger Than Yourself

Creative Commons image “Personal Space” by Wayne S. Grazio via Flickr.

Your personal space is the small world you live in where you are the center of the universe. This is where most of us live most of the time. Have you ever made a statement and believe it’s about you, only to have the person you are speaking to shift the focus to themselves? What matters most is how everything affects them personally.

They are concerned with their own pleasure and comfort. This is why they may not exercise or eat only healthy food. This fear of being uncomfortable hampers their social lives as well as their love lives. They don’t want to look bad, and are afraid of failing. So they don’t tackle the tough things…

This level of self absorption is the problem in finding our lives purpose. If we can learn to get outside ourselves and see things from a less self-centered approach, we can learn some amazing lessons.

We can begin to see our personal desires are actually pretty trivial, and there’s more to life than our little fears… including the pain and suffering of other people, compassion for all living beings, and knowing that we made a difference.

If we can try to focus on how to make the lives of others better, we become less self-centered, and everything begins to change. As we go about our daily lives, we can tie our actions to the betterment of others, giving us motivation on a moment-to-moment basis.

This is what is important. A bigger purpose — Becoming Bigger Than Yourself — expanding your mind and heart.

The life we have been given is a gift and there is nothing more fulfilling than making a difference in the lives of others!

Originally published at on October 16, 2015.