Selflessness is overrated

From The Guardian, Oliver Burkeman’s last column: the eight secrets to a (fairly) fulfilled life. (via kottke.org)

If you’re prone to thinking you should be helping more, that’s probably a sign that you could afford to direct more energy to your idiosyncratic ambitions and enthusiasms. As the Buddhist teacher Susan Piver observes, it’s radical, at least for some of us, to ask how we’d enjoy spending an hour or day of discretionary time. And the irony is that you don’t actually serve anyone else by suppressing your true passions anyway. More often than not, by doing your thing—as opposed to what you think you ought to be doing—you kindle a fire that helps keep the rest of us warm.