I learned the following concept from one of Eckart Tolle’s books, though I can’t for the life of me remember which one, so I’m going to paraphrase his thoughts.
Tolle said that, as you walk down the path of life you might find that you become successful, you might start to make a lot of money, and you might find that you become influential among your community.
There’s nothing wrong with any of this, he states, as long as you never forget that none of this makes you any better than anyone else.
This concept has helped keep me grounded for quite some time, and I want to share t with anyone who will listen.
You might be a high-profile bartender, you might be featured on televsion, interviewed on the radio or by a national newspaper, and you might earn the respect of your peers, be given accolades and awards, and you might earn lots of money, too.
But you and I are no better than the dishwasher in the kitchen, the homeless guy in the subway station, or the thief who stole your wallet.
We are all walking this earth to learn from our actions, and from each other. Each and every person on this planet is the equal of all others. No exceptions.