I was a bit flabbergasted.
The young lady on the television show referred to herself as “beautiful.”
Being the rogue human specimen that I am, I immediately began to look for moles, blemishes and unwanted hair on her personage.
I wanted to hurt her. Isn’t that terrible?
Even though we extol the importance of self-love, personal worth and valuing one’s own being, when it actually turns into words that are spoken aloud, it’s really gross. It is a contradiction in our society which doesn’t seem to be addressed very well by the present thinking.
In other words, we want people to be great; we want people to be confident, but mostly, we want people to be humble.
It is the same sensation I experienced when watching the recent Grammy Awards and hearing people refer to themselves as “artists.” I just don’t think it’s a self-proclamation.
I guess if you want to call me an artist and you’re insistent, I can bow my head and thank you, but at the same time, proffer the notion that I’m working towards that goal rather than having achieved it.
There are just some things you cannot say in life without becoming an asshole. (For instance, using the word “asshole” too much places you in this predicament.)
We are a peculiar sort. We do not like people who hide in the corner in fear, having to be drawn out to offer their gifts.
But if anyone arrives at the party thinking they’re going to be the “life” and insisting on being the focus, we all want to run over and turn off the spotlight.
What is the correct procedure? Here’s what I believe:
Find out what you can do, do it a little better all the time and let the quality of the work speak for itself while you remain silent.
I would much rather be called up than put down.
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