Continuing to honor Gay Pride month, this Monday Mood is about pride. Pride is defined as a feeling of honor and self-respect. The philosophers of old, like Aristotle, saw pride as a virtue. Most religions view it as a sin. Conundrum, yes?
I see nothing wrong with having some pride. Nations celebrate their pride. One of my favorite songs is "Proud to be an American" by Lee Greenwood. Many ethnic groups celebrate pride in their heritage. Without black pride, we might never have had the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. LGBT pride is celebrated across the world, empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning individuals.
Having pride is generally positively associated with altruism and can increase productivity and creativity. What employer doesn't want an employee that prides himself in his work? What coach doesn't want an athlete that prides himself in his talent, effort, and team?
Be proud of who you are. Accept your talents and flaws as an entire package, because you are perfect the way you are.