Never make the mistake of thinking you’re above ego, or beyond it. Flattery is always possible and can take a lot of different forms. Being asked for an opinion or participation by someone you respect is a less obvious form of flattery but one that’s very likely to touch your ego, make you stand a little straighter, make you work a little to be worthy of that flattery in your own eyes.
And there’s nothing wrong with that, at least until you unconsciously step over a line your probably didn’t even know was there and allow your desire to live up to expectations to pull you out of the moment and into a private one where only our experience matters.
Your ego just took over without consulting the rest of your brain. Sometimes, it’s irritating being human. Not that there are many other choices.
Be well, everyone. And be vigilant.