In a society that tells me to self-deprecate, I gotta crow.
Even though I want to end most sentences, “Yeah, but I’m not really that ________ (smart, talented, pretty, skinny, fast, strong – insert your own positive adjective here), I gotta crow.
When I’m told to be overtly humble, I gotta crow.
When it’s easy to compare, to cower down, I simply have to crow.
As with all of my shows, I’m learning SO very much in Peter Pan. Like stereotyping Indians and pirates.
Perhaps the most important lesson: There’s a fine line that exists between boasting about oneself and being honest about one’s talents (aka, CROWING).
To boast = to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself.
To be honest = to be genuine, sincere and unadulterated.
Simple. Be honest.
Also, if you can do xyz, resist the urge towards false modesty.
If you post a pretty picture of yourself, own it!
I think I’m pretty.
If you can run a 6 minute mile (and can really run it!), you can tell people that.
Without any add-ons at the end.
If you sew all of your children’s clothes from scratch, you can tell people about it.
And don’t say, “I sew my children’s clothes, BUT that’s only because we can’t afford to buy nice things from the store.”
Drop the “BUT”!!
That’s where the self-doubt lies.
We’re taught not to belittle others, to lift them up and congratulate. Tell them that they’re important.
But we hardly ever do this for ourselves!
I even think I’m pretty in this picture.
CROW! Crow about what you can do, what talents you have. In a non-boastful way.
Be proud, but thankful.
Crow about God and all these gifts He’s given you. Crow about what you’ve done with them. Crow about how you’ve used them for good!
You can do it.
Just let out a crow.
QUESTION: Crow about yourself!! What’s one thing you do well?? (And if you self-deprecate, I’ll cut you. Over the internet.)