When was the last time you stopped to notice how active “ego” is in your day to day activities?
Yesterday I had an opportunity to witness the absolute absurdity of “ego” in a very humorous way. First let me start with a little background information.
There are two cats that wander our neighborhood in search of shelter and food. My neighbor gladly feeds them and I have set-up boxes on the front porch filled with blankets to help keep them warm. While this is only a temporary measure during the cold winter months it seems to be well received.
At first there was just one cat and so a single box for warmth and comfort was sufficient. However a few weeks ago a second cat began to wander the neighborhood in search of shelter. One night about 3 weeks ago we noticed the two cats hissing at each other as they vied for the same space. To remedy the situation I set-up an additional box far enough away from the first to allow each cat to have their own space.
Would you be surprised if I told you to this day both of these cats still fight over the same box? It seems as if they would rather fight and hiss at each other than to accept the gift of love offered. Sound familiar?
It does not matter which one shows up first, both of these cats seem to be locked in this struggle to prove which one is right. They seem to be steadfast in claiming territory. You would think if the first box is occupied the second box would suffice, but NO.
The really funny part is it does not seem to matter which box is occupied, they take turns fighting over each of the boxes. Whatever cat is second to arrive it wants to sleep in the box the other is in.
As I watched this unfold over several days I sat there laughing at the absolute absurdity of how “ego” would rather invent a conflict than to accept a gift of love. Are we that different from the cats? Do we not find ourselves in conflict over the pettiest things just so we can be “right”?
My question to you is, “Would you rather be right or happy?”
Let go of your belief in conflict and you will know peace in each moment.