Wow, over a month since my last post; I took quite the extended Christmas break.
Now I'm back, and on a philosophical tangent.
Between New Year's resolutions, starting a new term in school, realizing I graduate this year, trying to figure out what area I want to work in, and that with a nursing degree, I could move anywhere, lots of things are currently or will soon change in my life. Change is sometimes difficult (duh) but when I get through it and know I am a better, stronger person, I feel proud of myself.
In French, there are two words for pride. One, orgueil, has a negative connotation we Americans usually associate with pride. The other, fierté, is a positive thing.
So I'm wondering and asking for your input on this. Can you have a good kind of pride, especially in yourself and your accomplishments? What do you call that - pride? self-respect? what? Is that too non-humble (trying to not use the pride since that is what I am trying to define)?
And what about the gospel aspect of this question - Recognizing the Lord's hand in all things, giving thanks for the blessings and strength I've been given that allow me to accomplish those goals or get through school? Should my pride or excitement be limited to the fact that I only use the tools and talents I have been given.
Should I just say things like, "Wow, I survived," "Yep, it was hard," or if I throw humility to the wind and am completely self-promotional, "I'm excited for myself!"
I'm expecting lots of praise in the near future so I need to know just how smug I can be.