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.
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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 ~