Dare I Tell How I Excel?
No matter how much we might admire ourselves, there is something off-putting about revealing the fact. For some reason, by pointing out our own good points, it makes others less likely to admire them. The one place where this fact of life is not true is in the resume, where we can revel fully in revealing to the world how absolutely wonderful we are.
Some of us exercise our right to brag by the family wall. Here we can display our successes as well as the successes of the families we have raised and dynasties we have sired via photographs that show us at our most beautiful and successful periods of our lives. Pictures with presidents or other celebrities, awards and impressive vacations may all rub shoulders on this family wall. By placing them in a prominent place–in entryways, offices, studies or staircases––we insure that they call attention to themselves without having to actually do so orally. Thus we retain our humble natures while more subtly revealing to the world what superior human beings we really are.
The Christmas letter is another invention wherein we seem to think it is perfectly acceptable to toot our own horn. The result is probably a lot of mail that, once quickly scanned if read at all, is quickly relegated to lighting the Yule Log. How much good news goes up in conflagration during the holiday season has never been calculated, but I can imagine that a good many gain a bit of satisfaction by sending these notices of how well their friends’ lives are going up in smoke.
So, when given the opportunity by WordPress to extol my own virtues, I must demur. Luckily, in this cyber age, we need not call attention to our own virtues, for Google is always there to do it for us. If we are lucky enough to sport an uncommon name, both the laudatory and shameful facts of our lives are there for all to see for the price of a few moment’s time and a little patience in sorting through the hundreds of thousands of bits of information available when our names are typed into the subject bar.
It is true that most of these bits of information probably do not apply to us at all, but the search for the ones that do can be as satisfying as a scavenger hunt, and the prize is, that in addition to all the good bits, we get to dig out the little bits of scandal or failures as well. And who doesn’t like a little bad news sprinkled in with the good? It gives a certain flavor to a life, as well as comfort that perhaps our own life–as boring, humdrum and plain as it may seem in comparison––isn’t quite so bad after all.
The Prompt: Toot Your Horn–Most of us are excellent at being self-deprecating, and are not so good at the opposite. Tell us your favorite thing about yourself.