What If No One Is Watching? February 11, 2015Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
For Ego, it’s not enough To Do or To Be for the Do-ness or Be-ness of it all. Ego is convinced it doesn’t count if no one is watching.
Ego is in a perpetual state of “Look At Me!”
Hence the rise of Selfie Sticks.
It’s not the journey of writing, painting, singing, dancing, creating, or exploring that matters to Ego, it’s the applause of the audience, the roar of the crowd, the recognition from others that we matter.
A legacy left behind.
If I slam a door, and no one hears, should I slam it louder?
Hmm . . . that depends.
Am I slamming it for me . . . or for them?
Remember George Costanza and the Tip Jar? He didn’t toss a tip into the jar because he wanted the self-acknowledgment of having done so. He wanted “them” to see him toss the tip into the jar. He wanted recognition from others for his actions. He wasn’t giving to give, he was giving to get.
When he realized “they” weren’t watching, he reached in to reclaim the tip for a “do over” and lost what he was trying to gain . . . his paisano’s approval.
Would you spend decades building the cathedral, the bridge, or the concert center if you retained your anonymity?
Living in the shadows in a state of obscurity?
With no one applauding your efforts?
You know you’ve found your bliss and are headed the right way when your spirit is soaring and work feels like play.
Even when no one is watching.
Aah . . . that’s better!
After enlightenment, the laundry. ~ Zen Proverb