I read a story about a popular doctor who was noted for his curative skill, patience and helpful nature. He accepted whatever was paid for and treated the poor free. He had however one flaw. He always spoke about his compassionate nature and wished others to praise him.
One day as he was walking with a rabbi, the doctor was proudly telling how he treated poor free. Rabbi said he also did the same.
Surprised, the doctor said he even gave medicines free to the hapless and rabbi replied that he also did the same.
Intrigued the doctor said he even donated money for food in deserving cases. Rabbi replied that he also did the same
The doctor was annoyed and asked rabbi whether he was a doctor like him because he replied always that he also did the same.
Rabbi replied that he was not a doctor. Whenever the doctor talked good about himself, rabbi replied that he also like the doctor spoke to others only about the good he did and never about his faults. That rabbi said was the one flaw in his own character.
Let us ponder for a minute how many of us talk or admit about our flaws to others. We rarely do. We always try to project the brighter side of us and abstain from telling or soften about our negative side. The resume generally exaggerates our capabilities or experience and is silent about our drawbacks. If we really have some achievements, we rarely shut up talking about it. We like to blow our trumpets. Why not if we are good at something some may ask in injured innocence..
No doubt pride gives one a self respect but showing it even when justifiable generally alienates him from the world. Pride unconsciously tends to be a bloated view of one's self be it talent, virtue wealth, family or anything. It often manifests itself in one’s speech and actions. Showing pride in conversation is generally considered a negative trait. This does not mean one should refrain from telling genuine achievements on appropriate occasions like in an interview. But talking about accomplishments even if real just to impress others without a purpose is undesirable Good wine needs no bush is a famous adage.
Sampoorna kumbhaha shabdham na karoti – ardho ghato noonam ghoshamupaiti
vidwaan kuleeno na karoti garvam – gunairviheenaaha bahu jalpayanti
Fully filled pot does not make noise while half filled pot makes lot of noise
Scholars are always humble -while those lacking good qualities boast a lot.