ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - April 24, 2021 - 12:00am

Some people can find it difficult to be selfless during a pandemic. When resources are scarce and options are limited, survival is often the only viable option. When our own families are in desperate need of survival, it's difficult to think about others, their well-being, and health.

Some may argue that it's much more difficult to support people when we don't have the resources to do so because we need help in the first place. We can't give if we don't have anything to give. Others, however, think otherwise.

Others provide assistance with their non-monetary assets. They support others by leveraging their energy, networks, and sheer determination. Using their valuable time to bring people together and pool their limited resources in order to make a larger impact.

As a result, it is not always the case that our plans will fail if we do not have the necessary financial resources. During pandemics, the idea of Bayanihan is still alive and well. So many questions become meaningless with the purest purpose of our souls, as long as we have a will that transcends one's needs or desires.

So, what does it mean to be selfless? True selflessness entails behaving without regard for our own gain or benefit. Being selfless allows one to identify and communicate with others, which is satisfying in and of itself. Since we aren't behaving out of vanity or a desire to be heard, it helps to squash our egos.

Selflessness enables us to fulfill our true desires by working from our hearts and souls rather than our egos. It helps us strengthen our relationships by helping us to shift our focus from expecting a friend to make us feel a certain way to actually being in a relationship with the other person.

We want to be around generous, loving, and giving people. These are the people who ultimately make the world a better place.

We want to have the sensation that our hearts are so full that they could burst any time we step out of a community center or undertaking. And that's just what selflessness does: it makes us bond more deeply with others and ourselves, and it fills our hearts with joy.

We can live our lives for a variety of reasons. They can be used to further one's own personal kingdom for selfish reasons such as wealth, possessions, fame, prestige, and reputation. However, we can live our lives for the sake of pursuing fairness, happiness, or growth for another individual or group of people.

We have the ability to live in order to overcome the challenges we face in this world. We should devote our efforts to the advancement of those values. However, we can only find enduring meaning in our world if we embrace service and selflessness.     

We should not forget the significance of selflessness. We choose to seek selflessness as a way of achieving happiness --not only for ourselves, but also for those we choose to love.

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