Pride- Pleasure or satisfaction taken in something done by or belonging to oneself or believed to reflect credit upon oneself. A becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one’s position or character; self-respect; self-esteem.
Pride Can Be Both Positive And Negative
Pride in one’s own accomplishments can be a good thing, as long as it is kept in the proper perspective.
Taking too much pride in one’s own accomplishments can be a bad thing, as it can cause one to have an over-inflated sense of their own worth.
As a consequence, we are often taught that it is bad to take pride in our own accomplishments, so we are reluctant to do so.
I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to be proud of yourself, AS LONG AS you keep it in the proper perspective.
I’m now 52 years old and for pretty much all of my adult life, I’ve been obese. I’ve always been the subject of some ridicule and have caught grief from my friends and family during that time. They would always tell me that I did not look good and that I needed to lose weight. While they were correct, it can be very tiring and hurtful to constantly be on the receiving end of such comments.
Things Can Change
Well, I was at a family function this past weekend. I saw some people I had not seen in a year and some that I had not seen for 10 years.
As you may be aware, I have recently cracked the 200 pound barrier and now weigh around 195 pounds. This is the lowest weight I have ever been in my entire adult life. In fact, I have lost 125 pounds over the past 2 1/2 years.
As a consequence, EVERYONE (and I do mean EVERYONE) could not stop telling me how good I looked. They wanted to know what I was doing and how I’ve been able to keep the weight off.
It was a nice change of pace, that’s for sure.
Two Ways To Look At This
1) I could be angry that all of a sudden they’ve taken a greater interest in me now that I’ve lost a lot of weight.
2) Or I can not worry about those types of things and release any anger I may be harboring.
I choose the second alternative. I am on a HUGE positive roll right now and I choose to continue down that path.
I am proud of what I have done and am proud of the path I have chosen for myself.
Pride Can Be A Good Thing
In my opinion, the type of pride I’m talking about is a good thing. I’ve worked hard and I’ve achieved much, so pride is merited.
It is only if I allow that pride to grow into an over-inflated sense of self-worth that it would be a problem.
I choose to not let that happen.
I am the same person I’ve always been, only more in control and more powerful than ever before.
I am proud of myself, but I choose to continue working hard and to continue walking down the path I have found for myself.
How about you. Have you done anything lately of which you can (or should be proud)? Please share your thoughts with us.
The Warrior Walker