“…Don’t confuse a “bit of pride” with ARROGANCE; or a bit of “ego” with being HAUGHTY…”

"....ok...I might have just a shade of ego...."

“….ok…I might have just a shade of ego….”

I bet that if someone were to refer to you as ARROGANT, you might strongly disagree with them.  I KNOW that I would.  I would admit to parts of the accepted definition, but largely disagree that I fit that mold.  Before I get too far into this self-analysis, let me point out (again) that I think of myself as being the “most miss-understood” person in my peer group.  In other words… people miss-read me; they miss-interpret my intentions.   I might be a shade guilty of a bit of an ego (whose not?); and it is exaggerated because of the way that I carry myself.  I stand tall; I hold my head high; I’m not bashful; a bit forward, and I exude CONFIDENCE.  Now tell me…. Is that being ARROGANT?  The fact that I insist that I’m not arrogant, to some, might suggest that I’m a bit SELF’IE, as well, but so what?  If one doesn’t think of themselves in a positive manner…then tell me…who will?  I won’t bore anyone with my journey in overcoming many obstacles to get ahead, as we all have to do that in some form; some harder than others.  But, when one OVERCOMES severe adversity, than (s)he should be allowed to be a bit proud… it’s only natural.  I’ve always felt that if I succeed in some “impossible task” that it will give hope to others with similar disadvantages.  Getting back to arrogance… I’ve always thought that it represented a “kiss my rear” attitude.  And, that my friends, is definitely not me.  First… I don’t talk like that, and 2nd… my Mother taught me better manners.  The reason I am even addressing such a topic as ARROGANCE,  is to caution people NOT to jump to conclusions about one’s attitude, in such a manner, as to miss-judge that person’s TRUE intentions.  Don’t confuse a “bit of pride” with ARROGANCE; or a bit of EGO with being HAUGHTY; or a bit of SELF with being SUPERIOR.  Small doses of each of these characteristics does not make one  ARROGANT.  Instead of looking for things we “don’t like” in others, let’s look for things we do like, and that we can learn from.   Romans 12:3 – For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. …Blessings…cjlb…10/15/14

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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