POP! Goes the Ego

RULE OF LIFE: Getting your bubble popped is never as much fun as popping someone else’s.

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Over at Neatorama there is a great video on making and popping giant bubbles.

A long, long time ago in a neighborhood far, far away blowing bubbles was the perfect way to pass an afternoon. A small plastic container with magic liquid and a wand with a circle on the end allowed you to make bubbles appear with a mere puff of air. A quick learner could make double, triple, large, small and multiple bubbles with ease. However, no matter how intricate and complex, the person who blew the biggest bubble was the best.

Egos are like bubble contests, some are impressive, others are complex, but the biggest always lay claim to being the best. We all know people in our lives with massive hubris. They never miss a chance to let you know their accomplishments, they’re in charge, they’re in this to win. In subtle and not so subtle ways everyone around them know they don’t measure up. Whether we live, work, are friends with or related to folks with overstuffed opinions of themselves we must be careful not to get sucked into their ego bubble.

One of our first responses is to POP these people. Not physically, though tempting, but through our own subtle and not so subtle ways of chipping away at their oversized confidence and bravado.  It is slippery knowing when, where, how and if to attempt to pop a swollen personality. Wisdom and life teach us most of the time it’s not worth the splatter.

When we look at our motives for wanting to let the air out of a gas-bag we often discover it’s more about our own ego than theirs. Our feelings have been hurt, we’re underappreciated, our ideas and opinions are not heard, or our egotistical counterpart just gets on our every nerve! Even as adults we want to win the contest.

Being mindful and expanding our egos don’t go together. Letting go of feelings of being bullied, embarrassed, ignored and disregarded isn’t easy. Coming to grips with our own swollen selves can be humbling.

Life isn’t about competing with one another. It’s not having what another possesses. It’s learning who you are and knowing that is enough.

“He who is not content with what he has, will not be content with what he wants.” –Socrates

blessings and burstings,

bdl

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Posted on October 12, 2013, in Mindfulness and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Wise words! And thanks for the Socrates quote.

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  2. Clever play on words (pop goes the weasel) and wisdom Brain 🙂 Wise old owls hunting hubris, humbly hooting their behooving, are good at removing weaselly boiling bubbles from brains of hot-headed youngbloods! 😉

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  3. How true, how true. One thing I’ve appreciated over the past few weeks is how God has had me look at my motivations. Thanks for keeping me in step with what I’ve learned.

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    • God has a way of always bringing it back around to what we need to deal with…it’s actually quite annoying 🙂 no matter how many times I point out someone else’s fault it seems to always be mine he’s interested in. blessings.

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  4. Blogging really deflated my ego. Not that I was arrogant or felt I was better than others, but I was so unaware of how many refined and talented people there are out there as well as so very impressed with the quality of their creations.

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    • there are some very talented and creative people out there but I would encourage you to use your gifts….for all the most talented people I have encountered it is often those who can offer a simple and kind word that mean the most. blessings.

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  5. Wise words, I know a few ego poppers and a few that could do with popping!

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