I like to think about myself this way…I am two selves, a Master Self and a servant self. If they could both act in concert with their true roles, all would go smoothly, and serious progress would be made. But alas, it has not always been so.
My Master Self can direct, control, even take dominion over me and my affairs. That requires wisdom, strength, and initiative. I have regularly been lacking in those abilities, or at least I have not recognized them in myself and employed them. I have let my servant-self take the lead.
My servant-self pretends to mastery and ends up causing a mess. Though it has many skills, it is more than a bit selfish and not a bit wise.
The two are really one with different functions, of which they may or may not be aware. They are like horse and rider, the horse the servant, and the rider the master. If the rider doesn’t take control and dominate the horse, the horse (my servant-self) may run away leaving the rider (my Master Self) stranded.
When that happens, there is no telling when the horse will come back to the barn. It may cause all sorts of damage and amends may be required.
Better for rider to be rider and horse to be horse, Master Self and servant-self. The result is likable…smooth and productive.
(What is your take on this? I’d love to begin a conversation…please comment!)
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