I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the Planet Earth series on the Discovery channel, as the fascinating beauty of nature and the animals that live in our world is revealed with amazing photography. We truly can see how we are connected to nature and life, how we are one. We can empathize with the struggle for survival as a predator seeks food, and the prey attempts to escape and live.
I have been puzzling over the word “ego” and what it means. It seems that a certain amount of ego is an element of human survival. At one end of a spectrum, ego is about the individual self that is concerned with it’s wants and needs. At the other end is the authentic self that is interested in awareness and serving others.
Sometimes we react to being at one end of a spectrum by swinging like a pendulum too far to the other extreme, when what is needed is a balance. I’ve also been reading a book called “Perfectly Yourself: Nine Lessons for Enduring Happiness” by Matthew Kelly. Number eight is “focus on what you are here to give.” And so it is that I ask to become a person with the ability to share the gift I am here to give.
I subscribe to Nic Askew’s film of the week at monday9am.tv-short films that do something. This week’s film is about “the absurd notion of one.” Interesting, isn’t it, that the universe brought this together?