key fact #7
7. i don’t take myself too damn seriously.
how serious do you take yourself? be honest. humans are egotistical. we are ego-driven. and ego-protective. generally, humans are raised observing people reacting to life based on how it will affect THEM. thus we begin absorbing egotistical practices at a very young age. and we grow into adulthood with the notion that everybody is looking at us, thinking about us, or talking about us. the world is out to get us. and so are you, my so-called friend. our ego’s inflate. and inflate. and inflate.
ego is not all evil. it’s good to have an ego. it’s needed for protection. a sense of safety. im not so sure we can survive without it. however, with an out of control ego, the world can become very small. and very one-sided.
what happens if i begin to take myself too seriously?
i can’t speak for you, so im going to just speak for myself here. if i become too serious, i stop taking chances. my sense of humor gets lost. and laughter becomes rare. i get competitive, which in my opinion, is not desirable. i fall back into that place where i lose myself and my authenticity because im too busy adjusting who i am to meet your needs and what i think you want me to be. and, above all, i lose my true connection with people. my world becomes fear based, and when i live in fear, i cannot succeed. nor live happily. freely. or authentically. all this from taking myself too seriously. get it?
“I thought the problem for me was you. Then I realized the problem for me was me. The next thing I knew I was free.”
when the focus on life becomes all about me, and when my ego takes over, im in trouble. im unhappy. im driving on the ego centered super highway. therefore, i try to stay in the laughter , and humor, and not constantly look in the mirror for something that is not there. rather, accept what is, and move on with a smile.
this is not to say that there aren’t things in the world that need my serious face and attention. obviously i take my job seriously. i take the tragedies in our world seriously, etc. its ME that i try not to take SO seriously.
we live in a world with a lot of heartache and we bear witness to so much pain and suffering, that to live life in all seriousness would be too much. to constantly worry about me me me…and what you think of me me me….and how your choices in life will affect me me me…..is exhausting and not at all fun. i’d rather be of service to you and the universe, then to focus so much attention on myself.
and that my friends is what i mean by not taking myself too seriously.