How to Avoid Letting Ego Ruin Your Night

We are at the Ikeda Theater, waiting to watch Itzhak Perlman. We’re in the nosebleeds section, despite paying several hundred dollars. But this is Perlman. You can’t put a price on this.
Who comes to sit right next to us, but the girl and the mom who were so rude during summer symphony camp! I had set some gifts for the teachers and a sweater on my seat and came back after lunch to find them removed. “Mrs. S.” was sitting in our seats, her tripod and fancy camera all set up to capture her princess in her quartet group.  She had placed my possessions in “lost and found.”

I was fuming.

And here we are now. It’s funny how feelings can come to surface again.

Deep breath. This pain is ego. You cannot fight ego by resisting it.

This is called “practice” or meditation. Be mindful. Be aware. And let it go.

People are talking while Mr. Perlman is playing. Let it go.
It is not always easy.

I’m sitting with my husband and my daughters  who are dressed in their finest clothes. They did their hair in fancy dos and they feel special because we are taking them out to see Itzhak Perlman.

I choose to enjoy the  evening, moment by moment.

4 thoughts on “How to Avoid Letting Ego Ruin Your Night

  1. I think it was St. Thérèse of Lisieux who had to sit next to a nun in study and contemplation who was always making noises of some kind and distracting everyone. She started to get really cheesed off and at the last minute decided it was a test and she just had to let it go. So no matter how much you’d like to shove the idiot trying to run their cell phone video surreptitiously in the middle of “Phantom of the Opera” over the retaining rail and into oblivion, you have to let it go…Good job.

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