Living a Life of Ego
I recently heard a saying that "Ego is the anaesthesia that deadens the pain of stupidity". When I first heard the delivery of this statement my initial reaction was one of laughter, at the end of the day if we can't learn to laugh at ourselves then who can we laugh at? The ego is indeed a dangerous enemy if left to it's own devices for too long. It is not unlike a wild stallion that needs taming. Living a life of ego is no fun for the person in question or for the people around that person.
The opposite of complicated
It is all too easy to pretend and to make excuses. My ego doesn't tend to like hearing the truth and it seems to value opinion over fact when the proverbial shit hits the fan. My ego with a long held belief is a like a blinkered horse (I promise that is my last horse metaphor for today). My ego is like a habitual thought pattern which has gone on for far too long. My ego is like quick sand, the more I struggle and wrestle with it, the more I am drowning myself. So how can I let go of my firm grip on my ego? How can I begin to see that my ego is not me, but one of my own customised creations? In times of trouble I turn to knowledge, and in this situation knowledge points to the fact that most things in life lie along a spectrum. I have noticed that my ego always over complicates things in a vain attempt to protect myself from feelings of stupidity and other insecurities that I might have, so how about I turn to simplicity. Why don't I admit that I don't get it or why don't I simply ask another person who does get it for help?
I don't get it
There is a lot of power in those four words. When I breathe these four words into existence the necessary space for a solution has opened up. I know that if I keep an open mind for long enough then a solution will drop in, sometimes when I least expect it. It takes a measure of humility and courage to speak these words but when I value my happiness over a feeling of being right it makes the decision to speak that little bit easier. When I see that these four words have the power to knock me out of my head and back into reality it really becomes a no brainer for me which path I will take.
Have you ever overcome your ego? Do you want to see more of your path? If you have any insights, questions or recommendations feel free to leave a comment or drop me an e-mail.