Self-Care Beats Pride
Being kind to yourself can lessen insecurity and pride.
When was the last time you complimented yourself?
Although this might sound counter-intuitive, I’m pretty sure that the sin of pride is most often rooted in insecurity, and those who are the most prideful often lack the quiet confidence that allows one to be secure in all that they are and all that they do without having anything to prove to others.
When we say we are better than others, the majority of the time all we really want to do is say that we are good enough for others to accept; likewise, the overly-competitive person who can’t stop talking about their wins probably does so because they have so many losses in the different areas of their lives.
Now, I get that dealing with prideful people is difficult, annoying, and really quite taxing, but I believe that if we were to address the underlying issues and root causes, we would find much more success in dealing with people affected by pride.
As such, since we can’t necessarily tell people to compliment us to lessen our pride, what we can do to help fix our own prideful issues is to start becoming kinder to ourselves. We all know that we are our own harshest critics; we often insult, reject, and belittle ourselves on behalf of other people, without them ever needing to say a single word to us, and thereby lower our own self-image.
But what if we were kind to ourselves? What if we looked in the mirror each and every single day and said to ourselves, “You look GREAT!”? What if we complimented ourselves on our work, rewarding ourselves for tiny actions of selfless good—such as a pleasant snack after doing chores?
I bet if we were all a little kinder to ourselves, we would gain more confidence, be kinder to the people around us, and make the world a better place. So let’s do that.
God bless you, have a great day!