Three Evil E’s
Recently, a friend teased saying, “Now, keep your Ego, Expectations, and Emotions out of the way.”
“That’s profound!” I thought. For many years, I’ve been on a Crusade to Enlighten, Empower, and Encourage. My friend just exposed me to the Yang of my Yin, the Flow of my Ebb, the Take of my Give, and the Down of my Up.
I commonly refer to my E’s as the Three-E Formula — Enlighten, Empower, and Encourage.
To help us remember there is a Dark side (or, shadow) to any Light, I’ll refer to these as the Three Evil E’s — Ego, Expectations, and Emotions.
“Now, hold on!”, You say, “Aren’t emotions good? After all, my special someone is always encouraging me to express them.”
Well — YES. Controlled emotions are good. Expectations of positive actionable results are fine. And, even, a small portion of ego assisting in a confident march through our day is great.
YES — it is important that we boldly approach our day.
NO — it is not right to think the world revolves around us.
The People interrupting our good Stories will always have (in their mind) a better Story than ours — they are Legends in their own Minds.
Talk too slow, and People will try to finish your sentences.
Talk too fast, and People will look for other entertainment.
You see — those People have (in their mind) better things to do than listen to you share a Chapter from your Life. They expect you to fawn over them.
Give too much to some People — they think you’re trying to manipulate.
Withhold your commentary and good advice — People will call you God.
Immature individuals are just like Toddlers — they whine, they pout, they cry, they throw things, they yell, and they make the ugliest faces. Oh, and, when we laugh at their antics, they EXPLODE.
Seeds of Opportunity
The problem (opportunity in disguise) is when: Ego gets in the way of new learning and growth — when: Expectations taint a new adventure with an already premeditated determination of outcome — and, when: Emotions are uncontrolled and released with fury on the innocent.
Why is this an opportunity in disguise?
Because, now that my friend has helped me to recognize the dark side of my Three-E Formula, I can be cognizant of the dangers that the Three Evil E’s present.
After all, I think of my Mission and Vision for our SageTalk friends this way:
My mission is to guide YOU to personal and business success,
according to the vision that YOU establish for us.