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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pride vs Humility...

" Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real."   ~ Thomas Merton ~

6 comments:

DrSoosie said...

Donna...for once I am not sure I agree with your inspirational quote. Of course humility is a wonderful quality, but i don't think pride is artificial. I take immense pride in my work and my relationships with my patients and other important people in my life. I don't think it is artificial to be proud of something you have worked very hard to attain. I hope you don't take offense here...but the quote got me thinking and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.

Donna B said...

Dr. Soozie, I don't take offense. I understand how you feel and what you mean.

I was contemplating a personal challenge of sorts. Choosing to be satisfied and content in the sharing of every one's hard work and accomplishments (humility).

Becoming "artifical" by the inflation of the ego, distorting our self worth to feel more priviledged or accomplished than another. Some one who may not have had the same opportunities or abilities...

Are we not each blessed with different gifts?

Some times one's inner perceptions of self can preoccupy our sensitivity to another's plight.

Pride and ego are human traits. Certainly not a crime. I am thinking altruistically, now. Seeking an energy of love, surpasses pride, because both win. Both feel good. I am exploring beyond human-ness. I was attempting to explore enlightenment.

DrSoosie said...

I totally understand! I was just offering a different view...which is one of the things I find so valuable when reading blogs!

Donna B said...

Dr.Soozie: I LOVE dialogue and discussing different points of view. It is my ultimate goal with this blog. I value you and your voice and look forward to many more conversations. Have a Blessed day!

Chatty Crone said...

Pride has a couple different meanings too - one type - pride in your work may be good - and pride where you think you are better then others may not be so good.

sandie

Donna B said...

Chatty: Very true. We find what we reflect.