When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Pride can be either a positive or negative thing in our lives. It is great to have pride in yourself and to be proud of those around you. However, it is distasteful to be prideful. Oxford Dictionaries defines pride as; “A feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.” We should each rejoice and take pleasure in our accomplishments and the accomplishments of those around us. Being able to acknowledge your own accomplishments, builds self-confidence. Celebrating the achievements of others shows humility and respect. It is when we allow our ego to take over too much and become contemptuous individuals that we are in trouble. People don’t respond well to know-it-all types. That type of pride could leave us lonely or place us in some bad situations. Pride is a balance. You have to be in a space where you recognize your greatness or the greatness of others, but have no need to gloat about it or degrade others with it.
Self-confidence is what makes us strong enough to take challenges and to challenge others. It allows us to function, even with the fear of failing. Just make sure that you don’t allow that confidence to alter into cockiness. Strive to be balanced Monumentals!
“A man’s pride can be his downfall, and he needs to learn when to turn to others for support and guidance.”