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.