Pride comes before a fall they say. Lately, I've had the occasion to examine pride and what it means. I've found that it is a word that is in the vocabulary of the ego and not one of our inner space.
How many things has pride prevented you from doing? How many times has it prevented you from saying what was in your heart? How many times has it done something useful for you? :-)
You can say, "But what of being proud of our children, or taking pride in our work?" Being proud of something is a response of the ego. It needs to take credit for being a good worker, or having "good" children that have done what we perceive as something to be proud of. Are you proud of them when they do something bad? Or is it only another means of rewarding good behavior by saying that you are proud of them? Setting one of your standards for others to meet in order for you to be proud of them.
How many times has pride allowed you to let go of someone or something in your life that you love, but were too proud to admit it? Pride has stood in the way of many decisions for people that have allowed their life to go in one direction when it could have gone in a totally different direction if they had swallowed their pride and just allowed themselves to be in touch with their authentic self.
I invite you to see how many times pride has stood in your own way and next time it comes up, try stepping away from it and letting your heart to the talking rather than your pride doing the talking.................