We are told pretty much our whole lives not to brag. Pride goeth before the fall and that whole thing. But sometimes, sometimes I really like hearing about other people's awesome accomplishments. It makes me happy to hear people talk about something hard that they've done that made them feel really good about themselves. And, sometimes, I'll admit, I wish that it were socially, morally, politically, acceptable for me to shout from the rooftops all the things that I've done that made me feel like a rock star.
A few days ago my sister sent me a picture of herself. Her baby boy was born exactly a month early, and my sister put together a little photo collage of herself at various stages of the pregnancy, which now included a shot of the baby himself. In the email with the picture she wrote something that said, and I paraphrase, "I'm really proud of myself, but I don't want to blog about it because I don't want to brag, but I thought you wouldn't mind if I showed you."
And as I looked at this picture of my sister I was bursting. Absolutely button popping proud of my little sister for how good she looked, and I knew it was because of how hard she had worked. She went to the gym and ran at least mile just about every day of her pregnancy, and that's not easy - especially when you factor in the Jill Beans, as Hallie calls her. So here's to your hard work, dedication, good eating habits, and a fair amount of good genetics. You look great sister. I'm bragging for you.
Which brings me to my point. Let's have a little BRAGGfest, shall we? Let's take a moment to celebrate "Being Really Awesome Girls (or) Guys." Tell me what you've done lately that made you feel good about yourself. What have you worked hard to accomplish and wish you could tell someone about, but are worried they'll think you're bragging? I promise I won't think you're bragging, I'll just think you're BRAGGing. See?
Don't be shy now. This is not a competition, so don't worry about what other people may have done, except to pat them on the back and say, "Hey - well done friend. Well done." I'm so excited to pat you on the back.