We are a highly competitive culture. Everything seems to be a competition . . . from our families (competing for attention), to school (competing for grades or admission to prestigious schools), to our organized or sometimes unorganized sports (competing for championships), to the workplace (competing for jobs, salaries, praise or recognition, etc.), we continually compete against others as we strive to be the best at our given endeavors. With competition come certain “bragging rights” when you’ve competed successfully.
The flip side of this is humility. My parents were constantly stressing and reinforcing the need to be humble in all things. Strive to do your best, but never brag or boast about your successes — be thankful instead.
Well, today is Rodomontade Day . . . a day to brag or boast. Let’s not go overboard and become obnoxious; exercise moderation and do just enough boasting to raise your self-esteem. Be proud of what you do well.
\rod-uh-mon-teyd\, noun, adjective, verb;
1. vainglorious boasting or bragging; pretentious, blustering talk.
3. to boast; brag; talk big.