You

Be Yourself.

Be Yourself.

A friend of mine posted this quote from Eckhart Tolle on Facebook the other day and it seemed appropriate for the times:

“The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often also political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.”

I know of officers who seem like they have to go overboard in order to satisfy their ego.  Then in thinking about it, is it ego or insecurity?  Do they feel like they need to compensate for their lack or knowledge, their fears, or their timidity?  Is it a gender or race issue?

I tell my children all the time: “Be yourself”. It’s the one thing that is genuine and no one can take it away from you unless you give them permission to.

1 Comment

  • Firelady says:

    Chief, please excuse my last response on this.

    In regards to the quote, how do you handle these people? I have a guy at my station that seems all about “the team of me.” From what I can tell, he believes that having the brass on his collar that says he can pump an engine, and having pumped some fires, that he knows all that he needs to about the truck. Meanwhile, he could not answer the captain when asked how much of the rated capacity could the truck pump at 200psi, or 250psi.

    I will be happy to offer more details if you’d like, but I’ll reserve that for an email response instead.

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