The Other Side of Pride

The Other Side of Pride |

“Is it possible you could benefit from being more proud of yourself?”

Just as I’m extolling the virtues of humility, I get this question from Rob Brezsny of Free Will Astrology. Whatever you think of astrology, this guy offers something the world needs right now: relentless positive energy and gentle reminders of what’s important.

This week, he reminds me there is more than one side to pride. While I’ve been thinking about the kind that gets in the way of authenticity, I forgot about the other kind: a sense of accomplishment in a job well done, a recognition of personal progress, an acceptance of one’s own strengths.

I don’t know why that is so hard for me and, I suspect, for many of you. I’m always so aware of what could have been better, I don’t notice what’s really good.

So today I’m appreciating a couple of my most recent journal pages, like the elaborate doodle above. I can see my energy, growth, and playfulness here, and I like it a lot. In fact, I’m proud.

What are you proud of this holiday season? I hope you’ll take the time to notice what you do right.

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