Daymaker - a person who performs acts of kindness with the intention of making the world a better place.
~ David Wagner
, author of Life as a Daymaker; how to change the world by making someone's day ~

DayMaker - any thought, word, or deed that spreads happiness, compassion, or fruitful ideas.
~ Annis Cassells ~

Monday, April 18, 2011

Standing Proud

Pride (n.) 1. Proper and justified self-respect  2. Pleasure or satisfaction taken in work, achievements, or possessions (American Heritage Dictionary)

Taking pride in our skills, talents, and accomplishments recognizes the unique power that we have within us to affect the world. This is the kind of power that builds communities, cities and nations. It raises children and creates art. This is the power that changes lives and gives rise to productivity in general.

I remember being a kid in the 50’s and hearing adults say that we shouldn’t be too full of ourselves, too prideful. But not our parents. They instilled in us a feeling of pride in achievement. So our self-esteem and confidence grew and more accomplishments followed.

Children are born with this feeling of pride as they grow each day, mastering yesterday’s difficult tasks and performing daunting feats. Then somewhere along the way, often around 3rd grade, some become reluctant to “show their stuff” and retreat from expressing their pride of accomplishment. Others lost it completely during the teen and young adult years.

Spend a few moments thinking about things that you’re proud of: your heritage, your growth and accomplishments, the obstacles you’ve overcome. Write them down.  Read your list aloud and add to it often. When discouraging times come along, re-read it to remind yourself that you have lots to be proud about.

 Juneau, Alaska, zip-lining adventure

It’s not about bragging. It’s not about being better than someone else. It is about recognizing your successes, great and small, and allowing yourself to feel the glow that being proud brings.

Tell us just one thing that you are proud about?

~ xoA ~

12 comments:

  1. I'm very proud of being a part of a wonderful extended family that has provided me with so much support and love over the years. I feel truly blessed and appreciative of everything they've given me.

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  2. This is a great topic, Annis, especially for women. I think we are still conditioned to "not brag" about ourselves and, dammit, we have a lot to brag about!

    I am proud that I am keeping up with my own blog and writing some good stuff, to boot!

    I'm also proud to have you as my friend!

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  3. Juan ~ We are proud of you! xoMom

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  4. Bobbi ~ I agree. Women have traditionally been socialized to downplay achievements. And, yes, you ARE writing some great stuff, my friend! xoA

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  5. great topic! i am proud of my effort - with work, family, home, etc. i may not always get it all "right" but i genuinely try to do my very best with it all.

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  6. Definitely a source of pride, Sarida. Good for you! xoA

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  7. You're always so encouraging, Annis. I always feel better after reading (or listening to!) your stuff.

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  8. Thanks, Dana. It's a mutual thing. xoA

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  9. Great inspiration and thoughts to think about : ) And I enjoyed your presentation as well

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  10. Thank you, Bekah, for your kind words and for the excellent tips you gave us at the Writers of Kern Conference. xoA

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  11. Tell us just one thing that you are proud about?

    MARRIED 60 YEARS COME JUNE 24 2011

    JULIANNA

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  12. Congratulations to both of you, Juli! ~xoA

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