Pride Comes Before The Fall.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Right to Brag.”

Pride raises us up to a level from which it is very easy and very painful to fall. We have all done things of which we should be and have been proud, myself included.

The last real time I had been truly proud of myself was December of 2007. I had interviewed for my dream job at Brown College, my alma mater. I went into this interview KNOWING I was the best candidate and I OWNED that interview over four, or was it three, other people. See, there’s that pride thing again, elevating me and my situation like it was some grand battle and conquest won. It was an interview, nothing more, nothing less.

So, I went into this interview and yes, I did nail it. It ended up being a conversation between myself and the Director Of Admissions. Needless to say, I got the job.

I began my journey on the 7th of January 2008. The Director of Admissions, The Vice President and President of the college all joined together to welcome me to the team and introduce me because I was expected to be the golden child of the entire team. Having prior experience was thought to give me an edge up on selling the college experience. 

It had its ups and downs for one year, four months and 13 days. Then, on May 20th of 2009, the party ended. It had been a roller coaster for that sixteen months! Some months I was ahead on the game, some months I was running along with the rest of the team and most months I was trailing behind. The golden child never really lived. 

My pride and attitude of “I can do this!” caused me to bite off way more than I could chew at the time and I choked on my pride more than I swallowed it on that opportunity. I was the Icarus of the college admissions world. I flew too close to the sun and I burned myself out of a career. 

Pride ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS comes before a fall! Your pride can take you to the top, but one day you will lose, or you will no longer be the new dog with all the new tricks and you will be taken out to pasture, or your pride will cause you to ride a wave that will crash long before you even believe it will crash in on itself. 

I admit, I am still working on my issue with pride. I am proud that I was able to get into a tractor for the harvest last year and a combine for the harvest this year, but I am using those examples to not elevate myself, but to help others see that even with roadblocks, they can be gone over or through. Take pride in that!

 You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. But remember to not lean on your own understanding and always lean back to help up those who come behind you. We are all in this together, so help each other out and by doing so, you are helping yourself out as well. You never know when you will need someone who is or was in your life again.