June 2, 2014 marked the 10th anniversary of the day I graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, and on this day, I reflected on how proud my entire class was of this accomplishment. For some, this was the biggest moment of their life! How can we remain proud or maintain a strong self-esteem after such an experience? We cannot live our entire lives in that one moment...there has to be something that we can be proud of each day.
You might be thinking that pride is a bad thing, but someone once told me that pride is the virtue of respecting oneself. Pride is a rational evaluation of self where one has done something worthy of the praise received. Here's where it gets real! A proud person often wants to continuously improve him or herself. My personal desire to improve myself motivated and propelled me to create the Live In Self Community. Here we don’t measure our achievements against anyone else’s achievements; this would be being prideful. We want you to be proud of who you are, so we encourage you to “give it 100”, give it your best, not someone else’s best.
Let me offer an honest thought: Sometimes, I take for granted things that happen on a daily basis that are both ordinary and extraordinary and forget the value of experiences that I have accomplished. Sometimes, my gratitude is lacking. In daily moments of gratitude, we witness infinite levels of success in ourselves and others.
While we should remember the past and be proud of experiences like a college graduation, we should also look to the present for moments to be proud of. With a sense of humility, take a look around and discover or recollect what and who you can be proud of in all dimensions of your life. Live inside out.
Here are 5 tips for staying proud in the present:
Ms. Bhakti Mary
I am an optimistic, positive, generous and driven author who is passionate about self-improvement.
The essence of who you are does not lie in the past. What matters is what you are willing to do NOW. You are the presence.