“Who knows himself a braggart, let him fear this, for it will come to pass that every braggart shall be found an ass” William Shakespeare
Have you ever met someone that goes on and on about what’s going on in their life? They BRAG about their new car, the renovations to their house, their kid’s accomplishments, their relationSHIPS. Whatever is happening in their lives, they ramble on and on about it. BRAGGING is annoying to listen to and can be a frustrating experience for the listener. Do you know someone that ALWAYS BRAGS about themselves? OMG, YES and it is annoying!!! Do you constantly BRAG about what you have? Or Who you know? Are you a BRAGGER? Thank GOD, I’m NOT!!! So for this week’s blog, let’s talk SHIP about BRAGGING!!!
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, BRAGGING is defined as: to talk boastfully about one’s achievements or possessions; displaying arrogant and pompous speech. Most people who BRAG do so because they’ve had some type of insecurity formed by their life experiences, successes, and failures. They use BRAGGING as a defense mechanism to protect them from revealing their weaknesses and fears to others. We’ve all been stuck listening to someone BRAGGING about their perfect life and their accomplishments. It happened to me last week. Last Thursday, I got a text from a friend saying that a guy from high school wanted me to get in touch with him and included his number, so I called. I left a message and about 20 minutes later, he called back.
We hadn’t spoken in 30 years and without an inquiry, he immediately began BRAGGING!! He rambled on and on about how well he and his family were doing. He shared that he had 3 grandchildren, his daughter graduated from a prestigious college with her master’s degree, and his son was married and expecting his 4th grandchild, etc. Not only did we go to high school together, for years, our families also attended the same church and our mothers were very close until she passed a few years ago. So I asked if he knew my dad had passed. He said no, and asked when? Before I could say February 2020, he switched the conversation back to him. I was pissed.
As I continued listening to his BRAGGING, I remembered he was always an arrogant dude, that I’d never really liked, and immediately began regretting the call. He didn’t want anything. He wasn’t interested in my life. He just wanted to BRAG about what was happening in his. Despite him being a Pastor, he was still that selfish, self-absorbed asshole that he’d always been. After we wrapped up this one-sided call, I immediately contacted my friend who sent the text and shared that I called him. But, I explained that it wasn’t until our conversation, that I had realized that I didn’t like him as a person and never had. I remembered that we were never friends and had forgotten that I’d always thought he was an arrogant asshole and quickly regretted the call.
Although I know what BRAGGING is, I’ll admit that I don’t quite understand its concept. Especially since GOD created us ALL In HIS image, it makes us ALL capable of living our best lives. So other than BRAGGING about GOD’S Mercy and Grace, what is there to BRAG about? After all, if it weren’t for HIS Mercy and Grace, none of us would have a thing. BRAGGING actually makes the BRAGGER look bad because it reveals their lack of self-worth and insecurity. It’s also a sure-fire relationSHIP ender. So if you are a BRAGGER, STOP! Not BRAGGING about yourself, give others who love you the opportunity to cheer for your successes and BRAG about you when you’ve achieved them. Be proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished BUT, let others toot your horn, celebrate, and do the BRAGGING for you!!
SHIP TALK: Are you a BRAGGER?
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