“Pride is an attitude that separates excellence from mediocrity”
How understood is pride? How do we differentiate between pride and ego, self-esteem from selfishness, self-preservation from self-centeredness?
To understand the feeling of Pride, the basic eligibility is pride itself. Only when one has pride can he recognize it in others, and have a standard in life to measure the events and people who come across in the course of his life.
Pride is essentially the outcome of loving wholeheartedly what we do, and an undeterring confidence in our abilities. Our attitude to life changes in accordance with our attitude toward ourselves; our social image is a projection of our self-image, which is so deeply embedded in us that it seeps out through every movement that classifies us as alive. Our self image is perceived by others and either respected or degraded, as projected to be received.
Not only is respecting our stand in life important, but respect for other people’s worth is a crucial distinguishing factor between pride and ego. The standard which is applied to others should be applied first to oneself. By understanding others’ needs as being as essential as ours, we go a long way into making dear friends and lasting relationships, for compassion is the basis of humanity.
However, the elation of pride does come with a price tag. In a world where the power lies in the masses, it is not easy to stand above the average and refuse to flow with the law of majorities. Many cannot tolerate exceptions for fear of corruption of the Average Universal Mindset. Many give in and compromise their values for exchange of an easier stand. But some strive to get their point across, refusing to be tied down by conventional standards of living.
Indeed, one must have perseverance in the battle for individuality, an essential element for one ’s self esteem. Once convinced that his decision brings a better life in some way, one must believe entirely in his staying power and know that he can depend upon himself even when the closest friends move away. When the grueling times are past, and endured in one piece, there are no doubts remaining about the inner strength of the personality.
We must realize that it is only our stubborn belief in ourselves that can rescue us from the shattering anger of trying times, and bestow upon us the power of endurance. The pain of the odyssey can be transformed into a brilliant achievement. The light of satisfaction will then shine like a crazy diamond through our hearts and glorify all that we exist for.
Thus, Troubles are just God’s chisel to cut another corner in the gem of our soul so the dazzling rays of our realizations and accomplishment can light up the dull lives of the dormant souls. It is just our belief, the pride we take in ourselves and the trust we put into our choices, which will navigate us through the uncharted territory of life.