The Emotion of Pride

I recently had a friend from Europe ask me what made Americans so prideful. It caused me to sit back and take notice. We are a prideful bunch and I believe it comes from generations of Americans that have given everything for the price of freedom.

It is quite amazing that the same pride isn't exhibited in other areas of the world, but then again, the freedom that is given by other governments are at best limited, and in many cases, non-existent.

The emotion of pride is the inner feeling of being competent, measuring up to others expectations yet being seen with humility. You can have pride for your country, pride for a tradition, and pride for a parent or child.

Pride as an emotion you experience when things get done. You are proud of accomplishments and you show it through your achievements.

Can you categorize pride? Sure, but you know it if you've got it.

“One of the great undiscovered joys of life comes from doing everything one attempts to the best of one's ability. There is a special sense of satisfaction, a pride in surveying such a work, a work which is rounded, full, exact, complete in its parts, which the superficial person who leaves his or her work in a slovenly, slipshod, half-finished condition, can never know. It is this conscientious completeness which turns any work into art. The smallest task, well done, becomes a miracle of achievement.” - Og Mandino

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