The ego lives in the distance & the tension between the present and the future.
It’s like driving a car in forward and reverse at the same time, you’re not going anywhere.
The closer you pull them together the closer you become to being present, the closer you come to no ego.
The ego lives on “pick me.”
You can spend forever saying I am not yet a president, I am not yet successful, I am not yet rich, I am not yet known…
You can also say, I am not yet enlightened, I am not yet a Buddha, I do not yet know myself.
It’s all perspective…