It is time to stop dissing the braggin’ Mama.
Why is bragging such a negative topic? Everybody is ready to tear each other apart, in person, or behind their back over bragging.
Can you believe that mom, she was going on about how smart her kid was. The audacity! Shocking, really, but also not. Everyone thinks their kid is the best. Is it even a question? When did we get so sensitive to people sharing victories? Is this really necessary? I say, shout them out from the rooftop. Nevermind, that’s dangerous. Well, tell your friends.
Oh, and share that S&!7 on social media. That is its sole purpose. To show off and keep up. Please, for the love of everyone around you, don’t share each negative that comes along though. The fight with your boyfriend that you shared to the world gets a bit awkward when you show up with him the next day.
But, if you did something incredible, why not let the people you care about know. You graduated med school, share that news like it is going out of style.
It’s not bragging, you earned it.
Yes, my son is the most marvelous thing since sliced cheese and a bag of chips to boot. Needless to say, my kid is the most wonderful there has ever been. This is my truth.
Oh yeah, and I married the most incredible husband. Seriously, no one can compare to his thoughtfulness and compassion. Plus, he looks really good in those jeans.
And I worship the most miraculous God. Grace to all. Wow. Mind blown.
I have never understood why it is wrong to brag, other than there are quotes and the bible says something about it. I have not always had something so wonderful to dote on, and I try to be aware of people’s circumstances as I can, but mostly, I just hope everyone is as happy as I am.
Granted, my child can have tantrums and my husband does occasionally get fed up.
And terrible things that I prefer not to talk about can happen and bring reality crashing down. But life is so worthwhile.
Nobody’s life is all roses, but it doesn’t have to be all thorns either.
The choice is yours.
I made a choice one day, I forget how long ago. It was the choice to be happy despite. To search for the positive in every situation. Sure, I have moments. Oh my gosh, who doesn’t? But I get to be in control of that happiness and frankly I want to share it with the world.
I am elated that I have this family. I am thrilled that I have the opportunities that I have, and I am excited for what the future holds. Through hard work and perseverance, everyone should be able to have these opportunities.
I will continually strive so that others get the same level of joy, or at the least the potential.
I want everyone to be boasting about their terrific lives. As I interpret the infamous verse about boasting as related to love, it suggest that it should not come from a place of pride or to make others envy. I feel that recognizing those in your life that make it more meaningful and fulfilled is the very act of love the passage is referring to.
Realistically, I realize that I am one of the lucky ones. I was born with privilege and a massive amount of sheer fate on my side.
So, I will not stop sharing my joys, but I will also not stop striving until all have opportunities for the pursuit of happiness. “It [love] always protects, always trust, always hopes and always perseveres. Love never fails.”
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:4–8a (New International Version)
Mamas, it is time to empower each other. To relish in our victories, no matter the size.
What is something you want to brag about?
Remember, nothing is too small.
I completed 2 loads of laundry…a few weeks ago. Okay, maybe that is too small, but it is something.
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