Not All About Me
What about in everyday life, are you one of those folks who tends to think that everything is about them? I'm not really talking about the people who believe they are the center of the universe and all attention should focus on them, though that kind of person can be very tiring to be around, and they also tend to be very jealous of anyone else who might be drawing just a bit of attention away.
On another level, I must confess that I sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that it is all about me when it comes to what other people are thinking and saying - or not saying. When I walk into a room and it suddenly grows quiet, I am quick to assume that they must have been talking about me. If someone I know is being extra quiet, then it must have something do with me. If they make a remark that seems a bit cryptic, well most certainly they're referring to me! See what I mean? Sometimes we are so wrapped up in ourselves that we forget people have other things going on in their lives besides our presence, when just maybe it had nothing to do with us at all!
I've had to work hard to redirect my own sense of self worth to believe that not everyone is thinking or saying something negative about me, and in fact maybe they aren't thinking about me at all! Really, to fall into the trap of believing it's always got something to do with you is rather egotistical in a twisted sort of way. I'm learning, slowly, to let go of that line of thinking. The truth is, as much as I hate to admit it, it is simply NOT all about me! And really, that's a good thing... it means I'm off the hook, and I can invest my energy in more important things than worrying about what I did wrong now, or what someone else thinks of me! :-)