Being given a copy of Desideratra and learning that the author, Max Ehrmann (1872-1945) was generally unknown for this beautiful piece of work during his lifetime, has allowed me to consider the concept of the ego – and specifically, my ego.
Nancy told me one copy was for her and her husband and the other copy was for her son who was facing some professional life challenges. She sent the book to her son and received a version of this message: This is just what I needed. I needed to remember how I see a situation is how the situation will appear. If I think everyone I work is a jerk, they are jerks. If I think I won’t be promoted because others are getting unfair advantages, I will make myself angry and probably not do as good a job – thereby not get promoted!
I will admit it feels wonderful when someone shares how my work has positively impacted their life. Yet, I know my real growth will come when I can feel good about the work I have contributed even if I never know the impact it has or will have on others. Let’s just say I – and my ego — have some work to do!