Do the math. Pride can be a bad mofo.
When is pride good? When it makes you carry yourself better, or when it enables you to truly value your contribution to this world, and to other people. When it makes you stand up and say, “Hey! I can do that!” When it makes you want to give more, do more, be more.
But if pride is the source of your own trumpeting, then you’re in for some bad times. You just don’t know it yet. The annals of time are filled with stories of victory, then hubris, then ruin. It often takes time, but the universe is patient, and always gets her due.
What’s the point here? Do great things, but keep your ego in check. PR, but don’t be an ass. Serve yourself, and serve others.
None of these lessons are new, but we all need reminders. Be kind. Be kind. Be kind. Your own happiness depends upon it, whether you realize it or not.