Whether it's work, bands, social groups or anything that involves a group dynamic theres one in every bunch. Sometimes more than one, but if you're lucky... only one. The EGO. It's something you come to recognize when you deal with it on a daily basis as I do at work, where there are several at play. At any rate it's always interesting to encounter that one in the group where you weren't expecting it.
Today is a day of reflection and rest. The sun is out and a walk is in order to stretch the legs of yesterdays sitting. Oh crap, laundry day is today. So much for rest! Quotes for the day to make myself aware of my own ego and put perspective on others:
“Perhaps middle-age is, or should be, a period of shedding shells; the shell of ambition, the shell of material accumulations and possessions, the shell of the ego”
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It's very important to be aware of them every time they come up.”
“Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
“The foundation of the Buddha's teachings lies in compassion, and the reason for practicing the teachings is to wipe out the persistence of ego, the number-one enemy of compassion.”
-Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama