Steve Martaindale

Author of the JP Weiscarver Mystery Series

‘I am so proud of you’

When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you? Or some recent time? Or any time?

Dwell on that a minute. Pick out one in particular, one in which you more vividly recall the way it made you feel.

Did it come at a particularly fortuitous time? Maybe you were just feeling low or dealing with doubt. Maybe you were confronting a near-overwhelming task. Maybe you had to handle some unpleasant issues.

“I am so proud of you.”

That made things better, gave you a lift, restored your confidence.

We all need to hear something like that every now and then, even the most successful of us, and certainly the majority of us who are not quite that successful.

I recently finished my fourth novel. After each one, my inspiring wife has made a specific point of telling me how proud she is with what I produced. That’s important. The books might never become popular, but I’m proud of them and the person most important to me is proud of my work and proud of me.

Yes, we all need to hear it, but it’s not ours to keep.

We must stay alert for those times when we should pass on an uplifting compliment.

“I am so proud of you.”

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