Peace of Wisdom

By Andy Andrews

C.S. Lewis said, “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.”

You’ve heard “pride comes before a fall.” The moment we begin to think we’re somehow better than others, for whatever the reason, is the moment the slope we’re on becomes a slippery one.

It’s normal and healthy to be proud of your kids, your significant other and friends. It’s also natural to be satisfied with accomplishments we feel made a difference in the lives of other people. But it’s a fine line between satisfaction and unhealthy pride. 

It’s been said that all shortcomings stem from pride. 

Pride causes us to do things we wouldn’t otherwise do. An offense–real or imagined–can make us do or say things without thinking. Then, looking back, we are sometimes ashamed. 

Be aware that actions or words from others reflect upon them, rather than permanently marking you. The next time it happens, distance yourself from the situation and see it as an outsider, detached and uninvolved.

Today’s Peace of Wisdom comes from being vigilant against the approach of that creeping poison called pride.


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