PRIDE – a POSITIVE view!

Pride.

It’s been both said and written that “pride cometh before the fall”.
The actual phrase, which comes from Proverbs 16:18, is: “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall”.
Obviously over time, this proverb was shortened by many people.  Either way, while this proverb may be true in some instances, I don’t believe there is anything wrong with pride or with being proud (in the right circumstance). For example, I’m proud of my accomplishments. I’m proud that I’ve gotten as far as I have – on my own, with the set-up and design of this new blogging project. I’m especially proud of my son and of his accomplishments!

Pride is a perfectly natural, selfish feeling of just, well… feeling good about something we’ve done or have worked hard to become in our lives or what others have done! We have all been proud. About the only time pride or being proud is bad, is when we boast/brag about our achievements and/or things we have and rub all that in the faces of others who have less or have difficulty in obtaining much of the same. I have to wonder if  “bad pride”, is what King Solomon (the author of Proverbs) had in mind or had been experiencing at the time he wrote this famous proverb about pride.

The multi-award winning music band, Earth, Wind, & Fire, wrote a song that places a more positive view on PRIDE. The song is featured on their 1980 album, Faces.


Check out the lyrics!
(Composers: Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Al McKay, Freddie White, Maurice White, and Verdine White):

Mighty men have come and gone
But the pride lingers on
Heritage will claim every man
With desire to make a stand
Some say pride’s for the strong
What’s the use, holding on?
We say pride’s everyone who
Wants to come to touch the sun

Why you pout?
Is your world in doubt?
It’s all about
Life won’t let you out of the scheme

Just believe in your dreams
Pressing on self-esteem
Now participate,
Turn to love to motivate
Energies to say,
Brighter you, brighter day

Set your mind in view
Of the real man in you
Heed the call to all
Standing tall, not to fall
Time to check it out
Pride relieves all your doubt
We say pride’s everyone who
Wants to come to touch the sun

(Why do you doubt?
It’s all about
Life won’t let you out of the scheme)

Thanks, Earth, Wind & Fire! One of the reasons you’ve always been my favorite band of all time is because you guys are…
Keeping it…REAL!

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