As I observe life I’ve come to realize that many of us take great pleasure in not only thinking we are better than others, but by pointing out this fact. Nowhere has this been more prevalent than in my attempts at online dating. Anyone who knows me, knows I can talk to a brick wall. This is how I approached my online dating life. If someone chatted with me, nine times out of ten I would chat back. I thought I would get the same in return.
I learned quickly, that was definitely not the case. I was often ignored. There were numerous times I was greeted with a curt, “not interested” which I never understood. Not interested? Not interested in what? A friendly greeting? In one of my final forays before deleting all of my accounts, I asked the uninterested party, why they said, “not interested” when nothing but a simple hello was offered. Their response, “look at you, and then look at me, be realistic, bro.” Of course my ego shot straight to the forefront and defended my wounded pride. I am not proud of everything I said. And, ironically, I was more offended by this person than I was by the person that randomly messaged me to say, “you’re too fat and old to be on here, you’re gross go away.” Perhaps that one was easier to stomach because I had not approached them first. Perhaps it was because my ire had been spiked by numerous other slights that had been building up. No matter the reasoning I was angry.
Now, often in these situations I will linger on the cruel remarks and play them over and over again in my head. My first response was to be angry at the arrogance and shallowness of the affronting party. Then, my ego started to buy into the lies. Over and over in my head I kept saying, “you are a worthless sack of shit, why would you even say hello to a guy like that? Look at him and look at you! What were you thinking?” This went round and round for a few days until finally, I stopped the madness. My first realization was that I was diminished by my own thoughts, but he was equally diminished by his.
What I finally settled on was a simple question, Why have we allowed ourselves to create an ego based self that thrives on being better than others? I will admit, I am guilty of this. I in no way claim to be perfect. I often feel I’m better than someone based on intellect, looks, or personality. I don’t voice that belief, but I often catch myself enthralled by these thoughts. Perhaps I have so many run-ins with overinflated egos thanks to Karmic vengeance. But, I gives me great pause and the opportunity to reflect on our need to not only be better than someone, but to prove it and rub it in their face.
Now that this realization has punched me hard in the gut I will be far more mindful of my own ego’s tendency to harshly judge others as being less than me. No one is less than any other. The moment you think you are better than someone else is the moment you are weakened by ego. The moment you allow someone to make you feel less adequate is the moment your inadequacy becomes reality.
The Devine gave us each the gift of love. Therefore no one can take that away from us. We are all worthy of the Devine’s love and have no right to diminish that in others or ourselves. We can start by being mindful and standing up to our egos. Don’t allow yourself to alter someone else’s self-image to improve your own.
Make this your new affirmation: “I am powerful and worthy of Devine love.” Go on, give it a try.