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A privileged but important question.

We are exhausted.

We’re tired of stuff: civil unrest, the coronavirus, wearing masks, the fog of hopelessness that forms when masks and eyeglasses are worn at the same time — further clouding our blurred views of good things left in the world. We’re tired of losing lives to ignorance and to arrogance — as if life wasn’t hard enough without those snipers taking out our hope from oceans away.

We’re tired from stuff: civil unrest, the coronavirus, regular responsibilities that come with being part of a family, spinning resumes to apply for jobs, not knowing…


You may sincerely feel, with all that sarcastic or “realistic” energy you can muster, that making a commitment on this day to change a bunch of seriously baked in habits may be futile, cheesy, or overplayed. BUT we’ve all been stuck indoors and brought face to face with some of our most destructive bad habits — so now is a good time as any to pursuing a healthier future.

We could all probably stand to drink more water, budget better, eat less garbage foods, and recycle more. Kudos to all of you making concrete steps to pursue these things…


First — a quick clarification of confidence vs. pride for our purposes.

Confidence* is derived from defining yourself accurately.
Pride shows up when you define yourself in terms of others. More about this here.

Confidence, therefore, requires honesty, responsibility, and maturity. Pride likes to avoid those very things. So in pursuit of becoming more self-aware, there’s much to discover. But here’s a few key things to check for:

AWARENESS OF YOUR TALENTS/GIFTS

You know what you’re naturally good at — but it doesn’t stop there. AS A RESULT of your self-awareness of your gifts and talents, you TAKE RESPONSIBILITY…


First, a quick clarification of confidence vs. pride for our purposes.

Confidence is derived from defining yourself accurately. More about this here.
Pride shows up in a few unhelpful ways. Namely, pride shows up when you define yourself in terms of others. It also shows up when you elevate your opinion of yourself (be it lofty or deprecating) over the truth about yourself. This is not to be confused with the kind of pride that is an expression of sincere confidence. …

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