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Accept Your Irrelevance May 25, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness, People, Spirit & Ego.

We are not nearly as important as our Ego would have us believe . . .

As I glanced through a catalog the other day ~ one that WARNED me that, if I wanted to remain on the mailing list and receive more such catalogs in the future, I needed to place an order NOW!!! ~ I saw a t-shirt slogan which resonated with me.

The words didn’t resonate enough to make me place the order required to stay on the mailing list, but enough that I want to share them with you here.

The shirt boasted a cat disdainfully watching the world in the way that only cats can, while thinking (without preamble, explanation, or exception):

accept your irrelevance

Great advice . . . for learning how NOT to take things so personally.

When someone cuts us off in traffic . . . when the bank teller is angry and annoyed at the world . . . when our best friend is pissed off at her boss or husband . . .  when someone hurls hostile epithets at us when we’ve done nothing wrong . . . we can consciously choose not to be offended ~ because anger and hostility tossed our way often has nothing to do with us and who we are.

We are . . . irrelevant.

Instead of internalizing the negativity, or allowing our Ego to respond in kind, we can choose to “accept our irrelevance” . . . and stand back to watch the misplaced hostility drift away into the ether.

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1. Carole Waller - May 25, 2010

Yes! We are merely objects used as sounding boards. Unless we are asked to “do something,” just be there or get out of the way. Anyone who lives with a cat KNOWS this! Relax and enjoy the purrs when they come.

2. nrhatch - May 25, 2010

You got that right! : )

Great analogies.

3. theonlycin - May 26, 2010

What Carole says.
Great points Nancy, and I have to get that printed on a tshirt for myself.

nrhatch - May 26, 2010

The shirt is in catalogfavorites and the web address is http://www.catalogfavorites.com.

4. SuziCate - March 3, 2011

We are not nearly as important as our Ego would have us believe . . . -Exactly!

nrhatch - March 3, 2011

Once we start observing our thoughts, we see the “stories” we tell ourselves to bolster our fragile and glorious egos.

As we gain control over our thoughts, our freedom expands . . . exponentially.

Be Here Now.

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