The ego is a strange thing.
It can create such confidence, yet be the root of most destruction & suffering.
I don’t believe it’s possible to completely rid the ego, especially in this day and age. Social media & the internet are completely constructed around it, humans have more confidence than ever before.
Now, I wouldn’t classify confidence as equal to ego. I would say ego is confidence, but exaggerated, or disproportionate. That’s when your ego becomes harmful.
“To serve your ego is
to worship a false identity
created by yourself.
It is like someone suffering from amnesia
reinventing herself because
she has forgotten
who she is.”
It was almost too serendipitous to blog about this topic. As I was at ease in my hammock earlier, journaling my thoughts, the idea of ego kept entering my mind. Back home, before opening my computer, I opened a packet of green tea to this quote:
“Live through consciousness, not through emotion.”
That’s exactly what ego is, letting your emotions get in the way & control your behavior and thoughts.
Egotism is a destructive and hungry beast. The more you feed it, the hungrier it is; never satisfied. Confidence is notable, but relying on others for approval (especially insignificant others) will only lead to isolation and void.
Constantly seeking from others what you can eventually only find in yourself.
To lessen the ego is to improve yourself, for yourself.
“People with bloated egos cannot get their priorities right.
They would often rather work for appearance than for true substance.”
Focus on improving your character and well-being for your own prosperity.
For your benefit.
“The Taoist sage has no ego driving her spirit to exhaustion.
She is never too busy, for she does not flee from her true self.”
I fell for this statement, believing that as long as you are living life according to your satisfaction, you will be at ease. It’s difficult to enjoy life if you’re trying to be someone or something you’re not. Ego is impossible to eliminate, but we can control it. We can let go of it when we feel it arising, acknowledge it, and let it pass. Everyone gets that seed of envy or comparison once in a while, and it’s natural. But we don’t have to feed it.
We shouldn’t be trying to out-glow someone. The only person you should be trying to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.
We should unite with one another, rather than compete. In the end, we’re all trying to achieve the same goal; be the best versions of ourselves possible.
until next time,