Arrogance and Ambition

Ambition is the fulfillment of all I am capable of.
Arrogance believes I am better than you. Anonymous

How often do we ask ourselves whether we are fulfilling our ambition or whether we are arrogant? Not very often I suspect. Why would we want to? If I am arrogant I would have no reason to even consider that there is a problem for my arrogance has me believing that I am the best.

There was a time in my life when my external self was brimming with arrogance while my internal self was empty and in despair. Everything I did required recognition and validation as my soul was running on empty. I have been blessed with a “do over” and have made the most of my opportunity by learning that my ambition is healthy.

I no longer have a need to be better than you, but rather, I want to be better than me today. I am dedicated to continually seeing me where I am and seeing how I can grow spiritually into a more faith filled, hopeful, giving and caring person. My ambition today is to be of selfless service to others without you knowing what I have done. I know today that God (whatever that means) and I know, and that is all that matters.

I don’t want to suggest that my arrogance is dead for it is not. I still have my moments when I peer down my nose at someone and judge them harshly and think of myself as better than them. What has changed is that this is not a state of mind, but rather an isolated thought. I smile within when this happens and very quickly laugh at myself and realize just how flawed I am. Usually my arrogance derives from the emptiness within me as when I am full spiritually, I admire and respect you as you are and learn from your experience.

My prayer for you today is that you fulfill your ambition and let go of your arrogance.

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