My parents were hard workers, created a lovely family, had good times and bad times, but were two people I was proud of. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was so important for me to have someone to be proud of. Spirit was laying the foundation for my life.
I like to know the precise meanings of words, so I checked on Wiktionary and found the following:
- Gratified; feeling honored (by something); feeling satisfied or happy about a fact or event.
I am proud of Sivu’s schoolwork.
- Possessed of a due sense of what one is worth or deserves. quotations ▼
I was too proud to apologize.
- (chiefly biblical) Having too high an opinion of oneself; arrogant, supercilious. quotations ▼
- Generating a sense of pride; being a cause for pride.
It was a proud day when we finally won the championship.
After it had healed, the scar tissue stood proud of his flesh.
- (obsolete) Excited by sexual desire; (of female animals) in heat.
- Happy, usually used with a sense of honor, as in “I’m so proud to have you in our town.” But occasionally just plain happy as in “I’m proud to see gas prices down.” This is a widespread colloquial usage in the southern United States.
I was so proud of, and for, them that they each created a life that was worthy of standing out, of being honored and raised up by the respect they had for themselves, by being individuals you could trust, by being examples to follow, be living true to themselves, and by loving unconditionally their families, friends, church, community, country, and God.
They weren’t perfect, nor am I, but they set the standard high and were dedicated to maintaining it. When they made mistakes, big and small, with Spirit guiding them, they set about correcting themselves.
When I married a man with three children, I set some goals inside myself. Technically they are my stepchildren; I call them my “chosen” children and do not use “step” in referring to them. I committed to being the best I could with each of them in every situation. I wanted to be someone they could count on, someone they could trust, someone they could respect, someone who was a good example, someone who was responsible, and someone who would love them unconditionally.
I wanted to be someone they could be proud of.
On Friday, June 22, 2018, I was interviewed about my two near death experiences by Robert Sharpe, Host of the Bite Radio, for the Bringing Inspiration To Earth Show. Below is the link to the show page so you can go to the Archives, click on the show and listen if it calls to you.
Before the show, I sent out emails, put it on my website and Facebook pages. Then the day before I was to be on, I saw on Facebook where my son had sent it out to his group to let them know I would be on the radio.
I got tears in my eyes as I read the simple words: “Mom is going to be on this show.” I felt he was letting me know he was proud of me. It touched me so deeply then and still does.
So few words written held such meaning for me. They represented a lifetime of working to be someone he could be proud of. It eased a place in me that I didn’t know I was holding. I am so proud of him for being such a loving, generous, open, Spirit filled man. He would not say he is Spirit filled, but I observe the many ways he allows Spirit to flow through him. So, the flow of Spirit continues as I know he has worked hard to be someone for his sons to be proud of.
Such a beautiful reflection of Spirit working through each of my parents, through me, and through my son to let each of us know we are someone to be proud of.
Reggie is someone to be proud of as he eats every bite of his food, protects the house, loves on me and anyone who comes inside the door, makes sure he goes to the bathroom outside, gets groomed so he looks handsome, and keeps up his walking and running exercise. Spirit guides him all of the time out of mischief and into bounding joy. Nancy and Reggie♥