This one is a toughy.
The ones that actual stick are usually me being proud of other people because I can see them making the decisions that I know are good for them, often because they listened to me.
This usually deals with my students. There are several in what will always be my favorite class that I occasionally check on Facebook to see how they are, and I’m proud of them quite frequently.
I don’t think that counts for this post, though.
As for things of which I am proud that I, myself, have done? There’s only one, and it’s one that I repeat occasionally:
I am most proud when I stick to my guns and follow my destiny.
The most recent example is when I quit my old job to look for a new one. It made life unbelievably difficult for a long time, and I’m still just beginning to get my life back in order, but it was the right thing to do. I had ignored my instincts and gone back to a bad situation (bad for me, maybe not bad for others), and when the signs showed up to prove to me that I could get out of it without too much trouble (like being asked after the year had begun to resign my contract), I knew Someone was looking out for me.
Now I have a job at a school I really enjoy, with students who want to learn, my paycheck is adequate (not great, but it does the job), and for the first time in nearly 10 years, I have a checking account again. I was frightened and unsure of what I was meant to do, and it all began to fall into place as soon as I opened myself up to the universe.
This goes back to the whole #GetGutsy idea from an online friend of mine, Jessica Lawlor. I knew I was unhappy, and I made a drastic change, in spite of the fact that it was terribly scary. I stuck to my guns and didn’t lower my standards of what I wanted out of life for anyone.
Like I said, I’m not done yet–I still need to get back into a place of my own, and I still need to get all my stuff out of storage–but I am getting there, and it’s beginning to look like I’ll be better off than I was before, even though I’m making less money.
It may seem like a little thing, but since I do have a problem with finishing things sometimes, this is kind of a big deal for me at the moment.
Now if only I can stick to my guns more often in my relationships…