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Be Selfish for the New Year

Be Selfish for the New Year

It’s the last day of the year, and I sit at my desk, skipping lunch, because I have eaten enough in the last few weeks to make a small village fat.  I do love working on days when the building is mostly empty.  The motion-sensitive lights snap to attention whenever I walk by.  Can’t lie, does wonders for my ego.

I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, which is obvious if you could hear my belt loops scream for assistance.  But this morning, something happened.  With that, I decided to break my rule of no resolutions and make one I will share with you.  In the new year, I have but one resolution; I’ll make it short and sweet.

Be selfish.

That’s right, think about yourself; do something that makes you feel good.

Went down to the cafeteria this morning (lights saluting as I passed) to buy myself a cup of coffee.  It’s the last day of the year, no instant coffee for me; think I’ll live a little.

There cafe is basically empty, except for one woman who poured herself a cup of coffee.  She says hello to me, then adds a supportive “well, we made it!”.  Yes, we did, I was afraid I might pull a muscle, but we did manage to race to the end of the year. 

After I poured my own cup of coffee, went to the counter and waited for the cashier.  While there, the women stepped up behind me in line.  She held a small cardboard carrier in her hands, filled with coffee and breakfast.

When the cashier returned I said, “I would like to by this woman’s breakfast”.  The woman declined, but I insisted.  She smiled, gave me a hug, and wished me a very happy new year.

But, here comes the selfish part. 

It made me feel great.  A big smile filled my face, and as I walked away, I literally had a bounce in my step.

And what did I really do?  Didn’t cure cancer, didn’t save the world.  Bought a woman breakfast (wow, haven’t done that in a long time; maybe I need to make another resolution).

So that’s my resolution for the new year; I’m going to be selfish. I’m going to be selfish as often as I can be. I recommend you do the same.  Do something for someone else that makes you feel good about yourself. You won’t be sorry. 

Here is to you, and my hopes for a very selfish New Year.

Photo by Jamie Fenn on Unsplash

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