Where would society and civilization be if selfless individuals or groups didn’t exist? Where would things go if selflessness were more abundant? This question of altruism has had me pondering where I was and where I can be if I were to be more kind, caring, compassionate and aware of others’ needs. For years, during my addiction, I was as selfish as one could be. I would always put my needs before anyone else and couldn’t attempt to be there for others if I didn’t satisfy my hunger for the drug first. This behavior led to many strained and broken relationships resulting in resentment of others, and even more so of myself. I hated myself for what I had become- everything my true sense devalued.
Today, with Salina’s help, I am working to put in more effort into altruistic acts. I am trying to get out of my comfort zone to help and care for others. In the process, I have had a surprising revelation about myself. I have seen and shown myself that even the selfless act of helping others without expecting anything in return has revealed leadership qualities that I thought I was not capable of. Who would have thought that helping and being there for others could result in benefits for myself.