Do you feel you need or deserve recognition, a reward, acknowledgement? Do you have hard feelings against others because of their good fortune?

Well, welcome to the human race.  Although you are in good company, it does not mean it is good.

“…if he had known the prefect badge was on its way, he would have expected it to come to him, not Ron. Did this make him as arrogant as Draco Malfoy? Did he think himself superior to everyone else? Did he really believe he was better than everyone else?…

Harry’s interior probing in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling, Raincoast Books, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2003, pp. 151, 152.

That’s the thing with merit-based promotion; it ignores divergent considerations. Harry had his hands full trying to survive murder attempts by Lord Voldemort, one of which involved Harry winning the very dangerous inter-school competition. He felt that all these dangers and the strain of witnessing the murder of a classmate should have earned him the position of prefect. However, it was just those very preoccupations which precluded his promotion. Dumbledore stated at the end of the book that Harry had quite enough to be getting on with without the prefect duties on top of it.

Harry identified much of his escapes from death as luck. He knew he had abilities but his need to be acknowledged involved underlying fears; fear of the future, fear of the unknown, fear of being left out, fear for others. The list could go on. It was when his fears needed to be placated that the attribute of humility, which he normally exuded, took a backseat.  

Stop to think about it. Humility is a strength. Pride which puts down others comes from a position of weakness, of an underlying insecurity.

Intent behind an action or attitude is what becomes important when positioning yourself and your abilities in the world. You cannot go wrong when you use your abilities with an attitude of uplifting others, otherwise known as serving others. One who would lead must be a servant.

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