For many, enlightened self-interest seems like the way to go. I look after myself first and you later. “First I put on my mask and then yours if there is an emergency” is the prevailing wisdom. Yet, seeing beyond oneself and exhibiting self-transcendence is the highest stage of personal development. What are we willing to sacrifice, at some cost to ourselves? What are we willing to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to? Also, should there be any limits or red lines to the sacrifices we make? Rabbi Jonathan Sacks said, “We love what we are willing to make sacrifices for…To love is to thank…To love is to give. Sacrifice is the choreography of love.”
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