I once read that if you want to find out who someone is, you only have to let them talk for five minutes. In that short time, they will tell you all their problems.
They just think they’re talking about someone else.
“This bothers me,” “that person bothers me,” and on and on. Poor ego. Everywhere he looks, all he sees are his own defects.
All this, of course, is just practice for the future. Our unrelenting attention to the ego really begins to pay off when we start to catch it at its games, call it out on its power trips, its naked self-interest, and stop believing what it tells us.
We start choosing the light, and see around its halls of darkness.