I wonder if "enlightened" people -- people who have transcended the ego -- ever get their feelings hurt. I suppose not, as it is actually the ego that is wounded when one's feelings are hurt.
I had a very up close and personal encounter with my ego over the weekend. It was Friday night around 9:30 PM and I still hadn't received a phone call, a text, an instant message, or any other form of contact from the special person in my life. Now usually I'm able to recognize when I'm overreacting or jumping to conclusions -- I remind myself that my thoughts are just thoughts, not facts. For some reason, however, my ego got the best of me Friday night. "He doesn't want to talk to me," I told myself. "Something's going on. He doesn't want to see me anymore."
Before I could stop myself I sent him a rather sarcastic instant message: "Thanks for calling."
"When did I call?" he responded.
"You didn't," I wrote back.
"Well I got a message from you saying thanks for calling," he replied.
"I was being sarcastic," I typed.
"Why?" he asked.
At that point I realized he had no idea why I was upset and I realized my ego had gotten the better of me.