The Seven Deadly Sins: PRIDE

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

One of the earliest mini-series I wrote, from June 27-July 3, 2011, I dedicated a post per day to one of the seven deadly sins, sharing my views on them asI readied to head out to Europe for our honeymoon.

You can find all seven of them below!

SLOTH | WRATH | GREED | PRIDE | LUST | ENVY | GLUTTONY


It’s good to be proud. Proud of your accomplishments, of the people you care about, your lifestyle—there are many things in which we can put our pride and still have it be expressed healthily; but left unchecked, pride tends to become overgrown, twisting and turning into a perverse version of what it once was.

How many problems have arisen because leaders were too PROUD to admit mistakes? How many fractured relationships were never repaired because the people involved were too PROUD to put their differences aside and discuss the issue? Or the ever-classic scenario of those who are too PROUD to accept the help of others, letting negative situations continue for far longer than they need to.

The difference between the first set of examples and the second is that the first are examples of pride that don’t hurt anybody. Hurting others (or ourselves) with pride is rarely intentional—our pride is an output based on numerous factors that determine who we are as people. It’s based on preferences, morals, paradigms and experiences. Thus, it’s difficult to really get a concrete image of what price is and how it works.

So what makes the difference between healthy pride and harmful pride?

Sadly enough, it all comes down to context. The same pride can be interpreted differently depending on what’s happening. If you’re proud of your child, you’ll put a drawing done by them on the fridge, but that same pride could leave you mistakenly believing them if they did a crime when they’re older since you never believe your child could do it.

Pride is powerful, adding a hue to how we see the world—for better or worse.

To make sure that you are in control of your pride and not the other way around, here are a few quick tips and exercises to keep in mind for the moments when a bias might be sending you down the wrong path.



Pride and Bias: A Self-Check

LOOK AT THE SITUATION OBJECTIVELY

If you’re entering a situation ruled by your biases and emotions, you may just be on a collision course with disaster. Take a breath, look at the situation you’re in, and don’t let your pride and preconceptions dictate how things will go down.

UNDERSTAND THE PERSPECTIVES OF OTHERS

If someone’s saying something that doesn’t jive with what you say, don’t automatically think they’re wrong. Analyze what they’re saying and see if there’s any truth. If not, feel free to correct them and move on politely.

DO A SELF-CHECK

Check to make sure that you’re in the right with whatever you’re doing—we can often let our egos and opinions run away with us, and start to think that we’re better than others or more deserving of things than other people. This is very likely untrue because we’re all based on the same genetic makeup. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

DON’T IMPOSE YOUR PRIDE ON OTHERS

Just because you feel highly or strongly about something doesn’t mean you need to force-feed it down the throats of others. There’s no need to be holier than you or tell people I told you so. Be proud in the things where you hold your pride, but respect that others may have differing opinions.

SLOW YOUR ROLL

If someone attacks things you’re proud of, retaliation is likely the worst course of action you can take. You need to slow down, take some breaths, and defend your views without getting violent, hot-headed or doing something stupid. It’ll do better for you in the long run!

Pride can be a silent killer if we don’t watch it. It can kill our reputations. It can kill the bonds we have with people. The body count is immeasurable and won’t be shrinking anytime soon.

Don’t be pride’s next victim—start mastering your pride today.

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