When we go places with the dogs, Bunny always gets a lot of compliments and attention. I admit that I take pride in all the compliments she receives. Last night at the nursing home was another example of how sweet she is. Everyone she met adored her and talked about how sweet and good she is. She enjoyed every second of the attention, too.
She certainly isn’t humble. The truth is, she doesn’t need to be. Bunny is all of the things that everyone said about her. Sometimes I wish I could say that I exaggerate some of her goodness, but I really don’t. When someone compliments her or fusses over her, though, she accepts it with a tail wag and sometimes a gentle sniff of the hand. It’s her own polite little thank you.
Yesterday I also got a really nice compliment on the blog from someone on Google +, and my first reaction was to downplay it. I am always turned off by braggarts. One of the things I try hard not to be is too full of myself. It’s not that I don’t think I’m good at writing the blog, or writing in general, but I’m not a self-promoter by any stretch of the imagination. I’m just not comfortable making a big deal over myself.
However, it struck me that many times, we humans are too hard on ourselves. Sometimes we should give ourselves credit. I’m not saying that we should puff out our chests and make ourselves out to be more than we are, but perhaps we should accept the fact that we are good at something. I know that it’s much easier to accept that we aren’t good at something. However, if you don’t believe in yourself to a degree, you can’t go as far as your potential allows.
It struck me that perhaps I should try to take a page out of Bunny’s playbook. When someone says something nice, simply accept the compliment with a smile and a thank you instead of using it as an excuse to put yourself down. Old habits die hard for me, but I am going to try to do my best to be gracious in accepting kind words and gestures, without adding some kind of deference at the end. After all, Bunny seems to be doing pretty well with that arrangement, so hopefully it will work for me, as well.