So many of us grew up absorbing messages that said
deflect compliments or everyone will think
I know I did.
And it doesn't serve me well to hold those injunctions.
Shining is part of our purpose.
By shining, we increase the light in the world
and that's a good thing.
Bragging, according to the dictionary,
means to say something in a boastful manner.
I usually associate it with playground one-upsman-ship.
But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't claim credit
for our accomplishments
and our creations.
And as for deflecting compliments. . .
well, that's an insult to the judgment
of the person giving the compliment.
If you haven't learned to receive compliments
with genuine enthusiasm,
at least remember to say "thank you"
and then bite your tongue.