I have a question. I have had this question on my mind for quite some time, but a recent "blogger" conversation brought it to the forefront again, and I want to get everyone's opinion. Literally. If you think I'm totally off, say so.
My question has to do with the fine line (or not so fine according to some people) between sharing exciting information and bragging. I love to talk. And I love to share things. If you work with me, hang out with me, or have ever had a conversation with me, then you know all about my husband, all about "our" teenager, and all about our hermit crabs. I know--lame.
But because I'm like this, I love to share things that I'm excited about, and I want people to share the same with me. Did you accomplish something? Great! Let's hear all about it!
"My baby girl is already rolling over--way before she should!"
"I won a golf tournement!"
"I got a promotion at work!"
"I ran my fastest marathon last week!"
"I have gotten my kids to eat vegetables every day this week."
"I got an A on my test!"
"I lost 30 pounds!"
"I wear a size four now."
"My son just got the lead role in the school musical!"
"I love the fact that I can see the muscles in my arms."
"I'm lucky to have a naturally pretty face."
"I've always just been a natural at tennis. It comes easy to me."
"I love doing community service. In fact, I try to help once a week."
"We say family prayer every night."
"I run an 8-minute mile."
I know that being humble is a great asset and should be something we strive for, but does being humble mean that we have to pretend that we aren't accomplishing anything?
When someone says, "You're so thin!" can I say "Thank you" or do I have to say "No. My butt is totally growing"?
When someone says, "Great golf game!" can you say "Thanks! I've been working really hard at it" or do you have to say "I just got lucky"?
What do you think? Where's the line between being excited about accomplishing something (or just being honest about yourself or your accomplishments) and being vain?
3 years ago