The BBC announced this morning that the difference between the minimum temperature in the UK and the maximum temperature in Sydney was around 60 degrees. Thats an amazing fact. They then interviewed a number of Australians, asking them if they wanted to swap their heatwave for the snowy environment in the UK. Not surprisingly they all said no. One said "I'm proud to be Australian and I love my country. I wouldn't swap it for anywhere".
I thought how refreshing it was to hear someone express that sort of pride. I've very rarely heard anyone say that about Britain. Somehow its become unfashionable to express pride, and not just pride in your country either. How unusual is it for you to express pride in anything - your work, your children, your successes, your home or garden or creative projects, your friends or the support that they give you.
So just for a minute think of what you're proud of. I'm proud of what I've achieved with my work - bringing opportunites for development to so many women. I'm also proud of my course particpants for the many amazing things that they go on to achieve. I'm proud of all my climbing and skiing friends who keep in touch when often I can't get out and join them because of work pressures. I'm proud of taking the circulation of my newsletter to over 700 and I'm proud of my independance.
What are you proud of? What does that tell you about yourself? Who will you tell about that pride tomorrow?