Though pride is not a virtue, it is the parent of many virtues.
M. C. Collins
I need to remember that pride is not necessarily a negative. It is sensible to have a balanced pride in my sobriety because self-esteem will grow from the pride and respect I give to myself. God has made me and is involved with me and, therefore, I am a beautiful person.
Balanced pride helps me with my appearance, grooming and personal etiquette that comes with clothes, fashion and hairstyles. Pride helps me with my communication skills – I work hard at being understood, speaking out clearly and developing better methods of being understood.
Pride stops me from being taken advantage of, enabling me to say no to others while still feeling good about myself. A healthy sense of pride is essential for spiritual growth.
Lord, let me have a realistic appreciation of myself that leads to achievement.
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