Egos and Toes…

“Have you ever thought about the fact that you do not notice your body until there is something wrong with it?  When we are walking around, we are not usually thinking how fantastic our toes are feeling.  Or how brilliantly our elbows are working today.  We would only think like that if there had previously been something wrong with them.  That is because the parts of our body only draw attention to themselves if there is something wrong with them.

The ego often hurts.  That is because it has something incredibly wrong with it.  Something unbelievably wrong with it.  It is always drawing attention to itself–it does so every single day.  It is always making us think about how we look and how we are treated.  People sometimes say their feelings are hurt.  But our feelings can’t be hurt!  It is the ego that hurts–my sense of self, my identity.  Our feelings are fine!  It is my ego that hurts.
Walking around does not hurt my toes unless there is already something wrong with them.  My ego would not hurt unless there was something terribly wrong with it.”
-TIm Keller, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness-
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