When I saw this week's topic, I had two different thoughts about the prompt which I thought were separate, and as it turned out were very similar.
I have been participating in Oprah's Lifeclass on OWN. (Talk about branding yourself!) The first class talked about ego, and how it got in the way of our true selves. It resonated with me because I am a firm believer that you must own yourself. You must take ownership of your thoughts, your actions, your choices. You must live your life learning who you are, and what lessons are brought to you. If you find something repeating in your life, you can be sure it will continue to repeat until you learn the lesson. At the end of the day, we only truly have ourselves. No matter our relationships, our families, our friends and supporters. We only have ourselves.
I also truly believe that we cannot own another living being. Not our husbands, wives, partners, girlfriends, boyfriends, friends, children. I have a horse and 3 cats that share my life, I don't own them. Even my 8-year-old, telling me about a dog he had seen said to me, "... and he was walking down the street with his person and he was SOOO cute!" He understands that person was not that animal's owner, but the person who shares its life.
Also, I have this thing about spiders.... don't like them. But I think they are pretty amazing little things... creating webs that are intricate and, in their own way, beautiful. I try to avoid them for the most part, but when they come in my house, I escort them outside, remembering that my ego says this is 'my' house and 'it' doesn't belong there. Letting go of that ego, I realize that it has its own place in the world, as much right to be here as I do, and just because I am larger doesn't give me the right to kill it.
This over 50 thing is really working out for me in an internal way. Doing a lot of work on being who I am, and I'm owning that!