I think there’s too much pride, but not enough to be proud of, in a majority of our daily lives.
Pride should be a rare commodity. Being proud should be a spiritual goal.
I want to make that word and the emotion one feels from having it to have meaning.
To be clear: I’m not griping about self-indulgent, self-entitled behavior. I’m talking about taking stock in our lives and really summing up what is worth being proud of, and what we would like to be proud of in the future. What is meaningful? What do we consider an accomplishment?
In that vein, we should stop the thinking of pride like “being proud to be an American”, or “proud to be Gay”, or pride for our sports teams.
Civic pride is another matter, and perhaps doesn’t fit in with what I’m saying. So lets just ignore that for now….
Here’s a thought: If your life is a bookshelf filled with momentos and trinkets, the few things you’re proud of should sit on one shelf.
What do you think?