Perhaps... there are so many definitions and perceptions of things like pride... One person can say one thing and be right about it, and another person can say something opposite and be right about it, too!
When people are around -- and my big black lab rushes around his 125 pound body leaping in the air to catch each Frisbee that I throw ... I feel proud of that. I'm proud of my dogs. Proud of my sponsor. Proud of my Home Group... and proud to be able to be considered a sober member of AA!
And, I'm proud and feel good about many difficult things that I've been able to achieve in sobriety. I don't see anything wrong with that. If I have legitimate reason to feel good about myself... I would rather feel good about myself... rather than have legitimate or illegitimate reasons to be clobbering myself with negativity and brain busting hammers.
Hey. I'm not a Saint.
And, I never will be a Saint!
And, I might be wrong more times that I am right. That doesn't bother me. If I wasn't wrong... then I'd be perfect... and some nuts would be nailing nails in my hands to hang me on a cross!
The fact that I am perfectly imperfect has it's advantages for me. Right or wrong... I can feel good about myself and my achievements... using the tools that God has provided to me, along with His help, guidance and direction... so that I can make successful achievements.
So, I'd have to say, that according to my perception of pride... I would rather be proud instead of guilty, remorseful, depressed, and ashamed of myself.
And, while we're on the topic of pride...
I'm proud of our military guys. The men and women who risk their lives to make the country (yes, I'm proud of my country, too)... a wonderful place where I can work towards successful achievements, safely.
I'm also proud of police officers. I'm proud of our veterans.
For me, the kind of pride that I'm referring to... might be a kin to gratitude. At least it feels that way, to me.
Now, I know there is other kinds of pride... like Egoism, arrogance, vanity, but to me, those things aren't really pride... they're substitutes for pride.