Weekly Thought – July 29, 2014
Fred’s gift of discernment enabled him to understand people. When analyzing situations, he said he “looked for the ego.” In writing on perseverance he identified an unhealthy ego and boredom as two enemies of endurance. He considered boredom unimaginable to the fertile mind.
In September, we will begin a year long Centennial Celebration culminating in a 100th birthday event in 2015, recognizing Fred’s anniversary. During the year we will focus on highlights of his life. Please share your “how Fred stretched me” thoughts with us.
Enemies of the Good
Where are we deriving our ego satisfaction? Where are we deriving our ego satisfaction? Do we seek gratification from others or practice dedication to the betterment of others?
It is key to understand ego is intrinsic to our human nature. We do not strive to empty ourselves, but we seek to have the proper perspective which leads to a healthy ego. Difficult times can war against us, leaving us wounded. Loss often detaches us from our healthy ego and makes us feel rootless. The challenge is to find a healthy alternative.
In tough times, we quickly identify our ego centers. Our child is involved in illegal activities, our spouse is jailed for fraudulent business practices, we lose our prestigious job and social standing, or a friend betrays us… we quickly must find the foundation of our true identity. (more…)