However, as I have studied the concept of pride over the last couple of years through different classes at BYU-I, I have come to see different parts of this word, “pride” that, for better or worse (mostly worse), I recognized in myself. It’s not fun to recognize attitudes that you have that are prideful, but, recognizing and admitting is the first step to recovery, right?
HI, MY NAME IS DESIRAE AND I AM A RECOVERING PRIDE...PERSON
Let me introduce you to some of the hidden sides of pride—some things that maybe you don’t always put in the same basket as pride but might be surprised to learn that they are in your basket in the first place. (Does that make sense? I don't know.) What I'm trying to say is...you may be surprised to learn how many of the actions we make stem from pride.
WITHHOLDING PRAISE AND GRATITUDE THAT MIGHT LIFT ANOTHER
The last hidden side of pride I want to mention is that of contention. Maybe this one is not so hidden. I feel like maybe it’s a given that pride can cause contention. The component of this that has been hidden for me, however, is that sometimes when I am the one creating contention in our home, I’m not realizing that it is because of me being unconsciously prideful. But going through these experiences of learning about pride, I have been able to recognize times when the contention I have caused is because of feelings of pride. (And we'll leave it at that because I'm feeling like I've been vulnerable enough in this post...)
WHAT CAN WE DO?
We know pride is there…for all of us, whether we like to admit it or not. So, what can we do to limit it, or better yet, prevent it from seeping into our lives? President Benson gives us the cure.
“The antidote for pride is humility—meekness, submissiveness. It is the broken heart and contrite spirit” (Benson 1989).
That sounds wonderful, but sometimes easier said that done, right?
It all comes down to choices. We choose to be humble. We choose to not hold grudges and “enmity toward our brothers and sisters. We can choose to humble ourselves by receiving counsel and chastisement. We can choose to humble ourselves by rendering selfless service…and by getting to the temple more frequently” (Benson 1989).
Benson, E. T. (1989, May). Beware of Pride. Ensign, 19(5). doi: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1989/05/beware-of-pride?lang=eng
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