Who Are You Making Proud?

Pride is such a tough concept.

On the one hand, you want to have self-confidence and agency, so you want to be proud of yourself.

On the other hand, pride is considered the most serious of the seven deadly sins and is thought to be the source of the other deadly sins—greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth.

The way I have tried to live my life is by asking myself, “Am I speaking, acting, and behaving in a way that would make my parents and grandparents proud?”

This simple question puts everything in perspective and leads me, more often than not, to make the right choice. It stops me from being prideful in a sinful way but also confident in a healthy way.

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