When you do something spectacular in your life, do you feel proud? Do you tell your friends and family? In other words, do you "toot your own horn"? Well, good for you. This should not be done on a daily basis, however. The following are some instances where horn tooting does not apply:
- "Ta-Dah! I actually made it to work on time today. Quick, give me a raise!"
This is something you don't brag about.
- "Ta-Dah! Hey, guys, you won't believe this! I actually took a shower in less than two minutes! No wasting time for me in the personal hygiene category." We'll just see how long your buddies stay in the same room with you.
- "Ta-Dah! Honey, do you realize it's been over six months since I've had an accident with the car?" Don't push your luck on that one.
- "Ta-Dah! Who said one person couldn't eat two large pizzas by themselves? I proved them wrong, didn't I?" Yeah, and now you'll discover how two pizzas convert into 20 pounds overnight.
- "Ta-Dah! I'm really getting good at this housekeeping gig. The sheets are changed every month and the kitchen floor is mopped every six weeks whether it needs it or not." This is a good way to keep company away.
OK, let's dispense with all the "Ta-Dah's" and move on with things that do deserve praise.
- Actually sticking to a diet is a great thing. If you don't think 10 pounds makes a difference, look at two 5-pound roasts the next time you're shopping.
- Getting a promotion at work is very good. No need to flaunt it. Your co-workers should recognize the fact that you worked hard for it.
- Taking the extra effort to vote in every election is something to be proud of. Your vote does count and, as far as I'm concerned, if you don't vote, you have no right to complain about our political system.
- Do a good deed once in a while for some one having a hard time. If a friend is down about his life, take him out to dinner. Show him there's always hope. Do not let him give up.
- Brag about your kids. It never hurts to build up a child's self-confidence. Growing up in this day and age is tough. They need your guidance and love more than ever.
I guess what I'm trying to say is there's a huge difference in bragging about things that should be done all the time and in doing something special in the name of love, hard work and American democracy.
Pat Fickle is a Martinez resident.
The Columbia County News-Times ©2013. All Rights Reserved.