For those of you who do not know what the pride cycle looks like...I have entirely too much time on my hands and have included a visual...along with a couple modifications.
This is FAIRLY self explanatory but the thing is, it does NOT always go in a circle. People can get stuck in ruts. This generally results in them becoming more prideful, sinning more, and then getting knocked down a peg or five. They continue in a downward spiral. It can be broken at any time, but that involves a little something called repentance. Repentance is HARD.
On the flip side, there is the righteousness spiral. This leads you closer to God as you recognize the blessings he gives, remain humble and continue improving.
No one will do this perfectly, but hey, it's better than the alternative! STAY on the upward spiral as much as you can! (And girls, whichever of you gets a spiral for their wedding ring/engagement ring is officially my hero. That is all.)
El senor vive y se amas.