Our egos are all about our past and our future. They are where our sense of time comes from, they are what allow us to plan for the future. But you cannot experience true joy in the future or the past. You can only do that right now, and our egos don't exist in the present, so they fear letting go and just experiencing the moment
"What is best for my kids is best for me"
Persevere = happily being patient over a long period of time