Pride

On a news’ show this morning I heard a quote from C.S. Lewis about pride—”Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.” That seems to me a one-dimensional definition of pride. I think people who enjoy their work take pride in it. They take pride in doing their job well. Not in comparison to other people, but in comparison to themselves. I take pride in my writing and in my artwork. I like comparing it to the work I did a year ago, or two years ago, and seeing the improvement. I like seeing things turn out the way I had envisioned them. I take pride in doing the best work I am capable of at that particular moment. The problem with pride comes when it turns into bragging. But I don’t think pride necessarily equals bragging. Pride is a good thing. It’s what keeps us striving to do better. We want to be proud of the work we present to the world. If pride was a negative influence, then what kind of work would people do?

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