Posted by: New in Every Way | August 10, 2012

Good Pride / Bad Pride

I wonder why this memory stuck in my mind: A group of us kids were drawing pictures in Vacation Bible School. I finished mine and looked around at my neighbors’. Some of them were not so good, in my estimation. I didn’t say so; I just picked mine up and said something like, “Look at mine.”

The teacher was quick to say, “Oh, we can’t say good things about our own pictures. That’s proud. Just tell other people how nice theirs are.”

Like I said—it was a memorable moment. Probably because—young as I was—I saw something wrong with that picture. (No pun intended, but I like it anyway. Is that prideful? LOL)

I really didn’t feel prideful about my picture—just satisfied. Just happy it looked quite good compared to some others. It boosted my self-esteem.

Here’s what my thesaurus says about that kind of pride:

take pride in a good job well done PLEASURE, joy, delight, gratification, fulfillment, satisfaction, a sense of achievement

On the other hand, my thesaurus describes a not-so-good kind of pride:

He refused her offer out of pride ARROGANCE, vanity, self-importance, conceit, egotism, snobbery, big-headedness [and several other unpleasant words.]

Good pride / bad pride. How do you stay on the right side of that line?


Making It Personal

  • How do you celebrate a job well done?
  • How do you respond when someone compliments you?
  • What’s the difference between satisfaction and bragging? What kind of bragging do you not mind?

I would love to see your answers to these questions. For no-hassle commenting, enter your name when prompted, but not your email address.


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