Acknowledgment, they say, is a valid human need,
yet, humility is a virtue…
how do we balance the two?

(Art my own)

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

25 thoughts on “Pondering…

  1. Your image is stunning, VJ! Balance exists when we realize goodwill toward our fellow man is not to gain recognition for oneself but a genuine effort to give hope to others.

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  2. Beautiful artwork, VJ. And the question you pose is such an intriguing one. I just was reading a section in Brene Brown’s Atlas of the heart that said many of our quotes about pride, hubris and humility have definitions that don’t reflect the definitions that research has provided for those three:

    “Pride is a feeling of pleasure or celebration related to our accomplishments or efforts.

    Hubris is an inflated sense of one’s own innate abilities that is tied more to the need for dominance than to actual accomplishments.

    Humility is openness to new learning combined with a balanced and accurate assessment of our contributions including our strengths, imperfections and opportunities for growth.”

    So with those definitions, I think pride and humility work well together instead of at odds. As long as we stay away from hubris, we can acknowledge our strengths and still learn more!

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    1. Love this! Leave it to Brene Brown. My problem is that my father used to brag so much to others about my accomplishments, that they began to hate me. It was about him, not me. To my face, he was more critical. It really mixed me up.

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      1. I can see how that would happen. I wonder what place that came from in your father – pride or maybe even a touch of hubris? Our work of figuring out these things never ends, does it, VJ?

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  3. Fun puzzling! A house of mirrors … one color miss … even that bird calmly staring …
    Before we can acknowledge, we have to stand still and look at what’s in front of us. This image suggests I’m one of many standing, staring – comforting even though we are each/all wondering “what next?”

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