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Ego vs Self Awareness

Wednesday, 9 May, 2012 - 12:50 pm

I know how great I am yet I am humble.

I know my strengths and I know my weaknesses. I need to recognize my strengths and my weaknesses as messages to me as to what my unique mission in this world is.

Other people who are not like me, I can choose to scorn them; I can choose to learn from them.

In this week’s chapter of avot its written "Who is wise? One who learns from every person" " Do not scorn any person, and do not discount anything. For there is no person who has not his hour, and no thing that has not its place." "Be very, very humble, for the hope of mortal person is worms."

We all need to practice these 3 traits

1) Learn from every person - even the one who you feel the only thing to learn from them is how NOT to be.

2) Don't scorn any person - everyone has their time to be on top. They say “be careful whose toes you step on it may be connected to the person you may need to curry favor from in the future.

3) Recognize that we all die - so in the end we all end up in the same place.

By practicing these we come to recognize that as great as we are… we are human. We can have self-awareness knowing talents and the responsibility it comes with. We must not allow our talents to cause our ego to grow and a great way to do this is to learn from others and never judge them. Because in the end we are all mortal.

Moses was the master of this He knew of his greatness, but he truly believed that his greatness was a Divine gift, and had somebody else been given his opportunities they would have utilized them better than he did. He would look at the simplest of people and think, "If he was in my shoes, he would have been a better Moses than me."

Just a thought now back to preparing for the tonights BBQ.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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