What do you take Pride in?

In this election year, many candidates are stating what they are ‘proud’ of-and it usually doesn’t mean something they have done or accomplished but something more passive like “I’m proud to be a Christian” or ‘I’m proud to be an American”.  To me, it seems pretty vain to assume that any one of us is responsible for what can be prideful in each of these institutions (God knows those things are dwindling anyway).

So, maybe their Pride is confused with Vanity? 

Jane Austin says this:

‘Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.’

It’s hard as you look around-to presidential candidates, to ‘slacktivists’ like the Kony director, even to yoga gurus-there seems to be more vanity than real pride.

Luckily, in this world of false pride and overblown egos-I’m reminded there is real pride and dignity.

Thankfully, I’m reminded of this when I go to my yoga studio which is donation and who dedicates ALL funds of their workshops to a cause (Today was San Francisco food bank).  I’m reminded of this when I read about CEO’s like Richard Branson who say things like:

‘Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance.’

More often, it’s the average person living with dignity and pride and not those on center stage.   The friend bravely considering single motherhood, the brilliant artist keeping true to her work and not de-valuing it, the pharmacist traveling to Haiti to heal the sick, the brave soul coming out to his conservative parents.

Maybe in our search for spiritual guidance and leadership we forget that the bravest, strongest and most inspirational people are living here among us.  Not on a podium or stage on screen but on the yoga mat next to us, the bus seat beside us, the cubicle a row away.

These brave souls are living lives filled with dignity and grace, maybe not always fit for a photo op or sound byte and maybe not fit for the campaign trail.

But, Goddamn it, they sure do make me Proud!

‘We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right. Live your life with class, dignity, and style so that an exclamation, rather than a question mark signifies it!’

Gary Ryan Blair

So, I gotta give props to the amazing Darcy Vasudev who did my henna for this photo-she can be reached at:

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