Dealing with our ego is part of being human. Those who are highly enlightened claim to have mastered the ego while the rest of us are constantly figuring out how to "check it" as they say. Our egos are fed when we're recognized and rewarded for something we've done. Whether it's winning an award, running a successful business or even submitting college applications, it's the ever-available glutton that can derail us from the real point of our mission. After enough acknowledgment, suddenly the ego is running the show and the intentions we were setting out for no longer have any basis in our own personal truth. Our journey becomes more about the acknowledgment than about the actual accomplishment.
The good news is the ego can be used as a tool to maintain our integrity. When we are suddenly ego-driven, we are an instrument out of tune. But the off-key instrument helps us recognize the sounds of one that is perfectly pitched. It's natural to fall out of tune and it is the process of getting back in tune that's important. The humbling experience of having an ego-based moment pushes us back on track; back in tune. Embrace your ego and the lessons available to you in the moments of getting back in tune.