Powerful. So many of us want to give the world to others or to someone, but I truly believe that it's necessary to be selfish before you can be selfless. A great book I'm reading puts it even better..."thinking of ourselves first in terms of self-fullness, not selfishness." Put yourself first and you will have more to give whole heartedly. ~m
Knocking yourself down first takes even more courage. That's when you expose everything that has been holding you back. It leaves you vulnerable for a while, but doesn't everyone owe it to themselves to be honest about what's holding them back? yes it hurts. But nothing will ever hurt more than missing out. That is lifelong regret! Take responsibility for the belief systems you react from, some are personal to you and others are cultural and societal.