See that picture? Yeah, it’s a pretty cool picture, isn’t it?
My mom took that picture of me on our hike this morning up to the Delicate Arch in Moab, Utah.
We woke up at 5:30 in the morning, drive 30 minutes to the start of the trail, and hiked two miles up the steep cliffs just to see the sunrise.
It was honestly the most life-changing sunrise that I have ever had the privilege of watching. Not that I normally actually take the time to watch the sunrise, but this was special. The view was superb, but that’s only just part of what made it so special.
I have to admit something… I am a bit of a dreamer. I have a vision for where I want to go in life, the things that I want to do, and the places that I want to see. Sometimes, though, I let my ego get the best of me.
There are times where I feel like I deserve better than what I have, times where I question the process of life and how long it will take to achieve my dreams, and times where I get frustrated because I am not yet where I see myself being. Needless to say, I allow my ego to get the better of both my actions and my emotions.
A Small Part Of Life
The sunrise this morning helped me to put my life into perspective and helped to quiet my ego.
See, while there are times where I believe that I deserve more than I have and times where I think that the world revolves around me, the truth is, I am just a speck on this earth. I am just one out of 7 billion humans, none of which I am more important than.
The sunrise this morning helped me to realize that.
Imagine having a ton of confidence and feeling bigger than everybody around you. All of a sudden you are at the top of a cliff staring out over the horizon, and finally then realizing just how small a part you are of the world around you. That’s what it was like for me this morning. And to be honest, I didn’t get discouraged in realizing this, but instead, I felt humbled.
How To Quiet Your Ego
On the way back down to town, both my mom and I shared our thoughts from watching the sunrise over the cliffs. Oddly enough, we both felt the same way – we were both absolutely humbled by the experience that we shared. There was not a worry in our minds, not a stress in our lives, it was just about being present and watching the beauty around us.
What we really did that made it such a life-changing experience, is we surrendered. We surrendered to the world around us and soaked in the moment in which we were living in.
There wasn’t a worry in our minds or a stress in our lives because we simply weren’t allowing one to come to mind. Worry and stress only come when we try to seek control and change either the past, the present, or the future. Without trying to control what life has in store for us, there is no stress, worry, or burden. And well, watching the sunrise, we had given up all sense of control… and it felt amazing.
Recognizing Your Ego
Don’t get me wrong, there are times in the future where I’m sure my ego will get the best of me, times where I judge others when I have no right to, and times where I feel superior to others despite being a minuscule amount of the human population. I mean, we all experience these thoughts. Just because we surrender once doesn’t mean that we are immune from experiencing these same thoughts later in life.
It’s not about being perfect or never having an ego. It’s more-so about recognizing your ego in the time in which your ego takes over and knowing that’s not who you want to be. The more mindful you are of something and accept it for what it is, the easier it is to embrace and overcome.
Tips To Help You Quiet Your Ego
1. Realize that you are a small (incredibly small) part of the world around you.
2. Accept what you can’t control in life and simply move on.
3. Know that your past will never define you. We all make mistakes. Surrender to what has already come and gone, and focus on starting fresh
4. Be cognizant of your emotions and of the world around you.
5. Be grateful for the life that you are living and all that consumes it.
While we like to think we know the answers to where our lives are headed, the truth is that we not fully in charge. Surely we can help to direct the path in which our lives are headed, but we are not in charge of life. Life is in charge of us.
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