Recently I witnessed a similar event when my 15 year old daughter walked into the kitchen wearing her brother’s t-shirt. He looked at her and said, “Hey, take that off….that’s MINE!” Sound familiar?
But it seems to be a trait that sticks past the teenage years as I witnessed it last week when a friend told me how someone stole her patent and was making money off of her business idea. She cried, “It’s not fair. They are taking what’s MINE.”
But wait…it gets better. Even I found myself emotionally hijacked when I experienced the flush of my ego screaming “MINE, MINE, MINE”. Someone cross-recruited a member of my team into another strong sales organization. My natural instinct was to cry “foul” and succumb to resentment and mistrust of another person. But instead of debasing my existence to such ego-driven emotions, I heard a voice reminding me that NOTHING is MINE. Instead of seeing it as loss, I chose to view it as a test of my character. Would I lower my consciousness to that of anger and revenge? Or would I take time to transcend those emotions and find higher peace and forgiveness? I chose the latter.
What causes us to have such a base level of thinking that we limit our human joy to the value we feel in ownership of possessions and material wealth? Why do so many posts on social media create the mirage that MORE stuff equals MORE success in life or greater peace, somehow? Ego is the root of all suffering and it’s voice can easily been seen in the search for ownership.
Take 5 minutes today and ask yourself if what you are “bothered by” is spiritually significant or is it merely a self-driven search for significance built on money, ownership, finances, possessions, opinions, or physical emotions confined to the “matters” of this world.
As a highly sought-after speaker, thought leader, author, and expert in business psychology, Staci Wallace’s messages of uncompromising truth equip CEO's, influencers, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the marketplace to launch and scale purpose-driven, highly profitable lives and businesses that leave a powerful impact on the world. With over 35 years in Executive Corporate Leadership and over 25 in global ministry, Staci's desire is to support Kingdom Entreprenuers with tools that equip leaders and send them to the four corners of the earth. Her distinctions in business success have enabled her to share the stage with five U.S. Presidents and many other high profile leaders of this generation as well as to be a featured "Life & Business Coach" for such shows as KTHV's Morning Show, NBC, ABC, FOX and is the current co-host of the "Fueled By Fire Podcast" alongside her husband of 25 years, Larry Wallace.
Great post, Staci! I think many miss that the Spirit of pride sometimes, for me most of the time, shows up in the robe of insecurity. When you lack or momentarily forget the truth that you are God’s child created and chosen before the world was, and that my Shepherd gives all I need you grasp on to things and people with closed hands. That never ends well.
Thanks for the reminder! I love Nemo. So many good lessons.