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POP Goes The Ego! September 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.

Picture an uninflated balloon. 

In its flaccid state, it is resilient.  

We can poke it, prod it, stretch it, and toss it about without damaging its structural integrity.

Now, start inflating that balloon in your mind. 

As we fill the balloon with hot air, we stretch the external membrane, causing it to become thinner and more prone to popping. 

The more inflated it becomes, the more vulnerable it becomes.  

An over-inflated Ego is much like an over-inflated balloon . . . it doesn’t take much prodding, poking, or tossing before it POPS!

Each time we internalize and absorb an insincere compliment (by accepting it as true), Ego starts preening and blowing itself up in self-importance. 

Enough vacuous comments absorbed, and Ego is stretched to the breaking  point, leaving it vulnerable to HONEST criticism and critique. 

One harsh word (or look!) and POP Goes The Ego!

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1. souldipper - September 30, 2010

*Big grin as fingers will not stay away from the keys*

“Is this about me? EH? Is it? Well…?”

nrhatch - September 30, 2010

Hardly. 🙂

It seems that people rush to absorb compliments while taking offense at even the gentlest critique.

Paula - September 30, 2010

Oh, YEAH???? Sez who????


nrhatch - September 30, 2010

I shall name no names.

2. nancycurteman - September 30, 2010

What a great analogy! I loved “pop goes the ego.”

nrhatch - September 30, 2010

Thanks, Nancy.

So glad you’re enjoying your trip. We’re doing some armchair traveling at the moment, through England with Rick Steves.

3. cindy - September 30, 2010

*gushes* Awesomely fabulous post 😉

nrhatch - September 30, 2010

Oh, no, my Ego is inflating rapidly . . .
It’s lifting me off the ground . . .
I’m floating into a bunch of trees . . .


4. Naomi - October 1, 2010

LOL!!! Better keep a lookout for ballasts on the hot air balloon 😀

nrhatch - October 1, 2010

Perhaps we can use our own HONEST appraisal of our efforts to keep our feet planted firmly on terra firma . . . 🙂

I write better than some people and not as well as others.

Balance = Ballast

5. Maggie - December 8, 2010

A very accurate analogy. 🙂

nrhatch - December 8, 2010

Can’t you just see Brian inflating faster and faster with the sale of each book?

Then he meets up with Bill Maher and {{POP}}.

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