Saturday, October 24, 2009

Avoid The Wild Side Of Pride


~C'mon, take a walk on the wild side~ ... but AVOID the wild side of pride.

I can be as wild as the next person, unfettered, free, restrictions abandoned, my spirit fluttering like a dove.

But in my life I've learned some of the lessons about pride. There's good and there's bad.

I'm thinking about some muscle builders, who have graduated from the "School of Hard Knots." They're proud of themselves, but shouldn't be.

And that's only one example, but it illustrates very well the gnarly places our psyche can take us when we walk on The Wild Side of Pride.

If we're proud, of course that's a good thing. We get up feeling like we can face the day in a good way. We tend to our business as is good.

We encourage our children to do their best, knowing that they may really mess up if they don't have the confidence that goes with pride.

But we also know there are good limits to pride, that pride must not consume us. If we're consumed, what's there to be proud of in that?

Pride is something that we can be conscious of, so that we're not consumed. In other words, let pride know who's the boss.

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