There’s nothing wrong with a little recognition, a little attention, some people crave it though, they want to be seen and heard above all else.
Any “milestones” they may have achieved they desire an award, a plaque, or certificate related to that to display on the wall – nothing wrong with that either depending on the motivation.
They say it ain’t bragging if you can do it, maybe so if referencing something in a conversational tone is the way of it – but I’ve always thought it isn’t the award, plaque, or certificate that has the value but the actual deed itself and what benefits resulted from it.
If you help someone there are obvious benefits in that, I don’t see any in crowing about it.
If you have something framed and hanging on the wall that’s okay too unless you always attempt to steer people in that direction, or always post photos or videos where it becomes the “selfie”.
I’ve known a few people like that – they want to own everything, from conversations, knowledge about a subject, or even a good point that has been raised – they’ve got all of the solutions and none of the answers in their own life…they’ve got certificates, diplomas, and above all else ego.
A character void that can only be filled by attention and the shallowness of boasting.
The only true rewards come from the doing, not the accolades, and I would ask a simple question:
If a good deed is done and only those in the immediacy of the moment know is it of lesser value?
Not in my opinion, in fact it may have a greater value in regard to the lack of attention seeking, on the overhand if publicized it may inspire others to do something comparable – kind of a mixed bag depending on the motivation.
In the past I would occasionally catch one of Russell Means video updates, staged and prop laden from those pieces of paper on the wall to the more laughable one of being suitably attired in freshly pressed “artist” garb caught unaware, and yet willing to take a few moments to “update” on an impending display at some gallery.
At least in that one he didn’t say he was doing it for” Russell’s Kids” at the ephemeral Treaty School, he didn’t seize the moment to fund raise. No, it was strictly self promotional, had he of thought about it the prop department could have hung a few certificates and plaques around for good measure.
The camera could have panned to encompass the luxury he lived in, maybe a fleeting glimpse of the horse herd -more awards he bestowed on himself.
The AIM leadership craves attention and recognition, it’s an addiction. The qualifier is that they want to be the authors of the nature and quality of said attention, and if not at the very least be able to vet what comes their way.
Long on extolling their “virtues”, weeping and wailing when a truth is exposed – truth they would have you believe springing from the bowels of haters, sellouts, and surely a cointel op, not to be confused with an AIMintel op.
Yup, awards, plaques, and certificates could be compared to a reward, if so a reward of justice yet remains to be bestowed upon this leadership, that certificate known as a court docket denoting charges.
Accomplishing something should be a feel good, a lot may have been invested – time, money, effort, and even sacrifice, a little pride is understandable – but the boasting and belaboring of others with it devalues, and if a characteristic an erosive quality that will lead to the adage of in one ear and out the other for those who endure, at least that’s the way of it for me.
I haven’t a problem in offering praise or compliment, and I think it’s important to do so when warranted, especially with children – but if a person is overt in seeking either they might as well talk to the hand.
You’ve done something good, accomplished something of value? Kudos to you, and I sincerely mean that, the onus now is to pay it forward, assist others to do good and accomplish – you’ll find an even greater reward in that.