Hiding in the nooks and crannies.
On the ego and humility.
Ego is ever-present. I know this not because I feel it all the time, but because of the mere fact that if I know it will return soon enough then surely it has to be hiding in me somewhere.
Perhaps it's in the nooks and crannies of my faults, waiting to join the conversation at the next opportunity.
Ego is a day to day thing for me. Some mornings humility graces me with her presence and my day is infinitely better because of her accompaniment. But some mornings ego is the only recognizable object for miles and miles in any direction of my mental landscape.
But ego doesn't always look like arrogance like one might think. More often than not, ego looks like fear. It looks like a lack of self-confidence. It looks like falling back on coping mechanisms we've carried with us for years to manage the discomfort.
This is all part of the shared human condition. Just as it is ever-present in me, it's also omnipresent in every other human being. The Dalai Lama must answer the same question I do each morning.
Will humility or ego be my companion today?
If the answer is the latter, our response doesn't have to be one of resignation. We simply have to invite humility along for the journey as well.