Forget Yourself

When SELF inflates, it obscures my view of others. All I can see is myself. Selfishness destroys relationships and blocks spiritual progression. A story is told about a teenage girl who suffered from acne with resulting insecurities and self-consciousness. Her wise mother taught: “You must do everything you can to make your appearance pleasing, but the minute you walk out the door, forget yourself and start concentrating on others” (Susan W. Tanner). And here is another parent’s wise counsel: Young Gordon B. Hinckley’s father responded this way to his son’s complaints: “Forget yourself and go to work.” I can only vanquish human selfishness with Heavenly Father’s help. It’s a daily struggle. This ancient prayer spoken by St. Francis of Assisi mirrors my own desire: “Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted, to understand, than to be understood, to love than to be love, for it is by forgetting self that one finds it.”

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