The Humble Brag

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These colorful maple leaves contrast sharply from the dull oak leaves of winter. Hence, the reason I noticed them in the first place as I walked around my yard. Rather obvious, isn’t it? Plastic leaves of a different species among a dull background of another species of tree. However, the humble brag is just the opposite as it can be disguised in so many ways that it can be barely discernible.

There are many things to brag about: a child, an accomplishment, a reward, a performance, even a duty. Some folks are simply quite open about their accomplishments and will tell you so. Although annoying at times, at least you know where they stand with respect to their passions. The humble braggers are so much more subtle. They can weave accomplishments into a conversation like a quilter weaves threads. Before you realize it, you have been converted to their greatness and level of prestige.

Whether a sports figure, a business owner, a chef, a parent or any occupation, one can interject how well they have done in their given field of influence. I am being vague for a reason because I don’t want to insult anyone, but I know quite a few of them. I recently witnessed several more during a sports interview of professional players. The key words are “I” and “me” and “my”. These indicate a tilt towards the brag. Some folks are even more subtle and use comparisons, statistics, and false humility to get the brag to be effective.

Why this topic in the first place? I don’t really know, except it came to mind when I saw the fake leaves and have heard many a humble brag recently. In all honesty, I can’t state that I am not guilty of this misdemeanor, but I strive to be humble. How about you? Can you relate? Even as I write this, I ask myself am I bragging because I point out other’s faults? I know this: I am accountable for what I say and do to the following: God, myself, my wife!, everyone else. I have an obligation to be humble, yet strong. Actions speak louder than words, as the old axiom goes. A little bit of self reflection helps, as well.