Earlier today I said something quite normal (nothing extraordinary) in the presence of others and was self-conscious about it; immediately afterwards, I realized that I was still self-centered because I cared about what others thought of me. I should be solely concerned about what God alone thinks of me. If doing his will causes others to misunderstand or even laugh at me, so be it. The self must decrease to nothing before God.
Later, the homily at today's Mass (Feast of the Baptism of the Lord) confirmed this. The priest emphasized that "we are not to fall into the trap of always thinking what I can do, but to concentrate on our relationship with God." We must get our priorities right.