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A Humble Merry Christmas!

Growing up in the USA, the concept and the actions called humility receive low praise.  As a value, it is praised, but it does not appear to be part of the cultures desired posture.

The USA values individualism, Superman, Batman, Lone Ranger ideals where doing everything all by myself, my way, promotes a sense of pride and self-esteem that appear to run counter to the value humility.

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. – Saint Augustine

What is humility and is there a fake one?

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.

It is conscious self-examination.  It is the skill and practice of healthy suspicion toward yourself and a practice of giving the benefit of doubt to those with whom you disagree.   It includes the courage to take on difficult, tedious and or unglamorous jobs especially without anyone noticing or want for their praise.   Humility includes always noticing to give credit wherever and whenever it is due without it meaning anything about you.   It is honoring your word as yourself, keeping your promises and renegotiating those promises you cannot keep while recognizing in others the courage it takes to do so.  Perhaps the most difficult part is the ability, the willingness to turn away from despair while taking on intimidation, uncertainty and fear in an unflappable manner, knowing them for the imposters they are.

Humility is attentive patience. – Simone Weil

Humility is a virtue, and it is a virtue innate in guests. – Max Beerbohm

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues. – Kong Fu Zi

Be humble, for the worst thing in the world is of the same stuff as you; be confident, for the stars are of the same stuff as you. – Nicholai Velimirovic

The people who abandon Jihad fall a victim to humility… – Abu Bakr

I have much to learn and will share what I discover.  Have a most blessed and merry Christmas!

 

 

6 thoughts on “A Humble Merry Christmas!”

  1. Humility is a important when we realize how much we help and share with one another. Our achievements are based on the contributions of others, and for that generous assistance we should all be grateful and humble in our appreciation.

  2. This is a great reminder Michael, to get out of our own heads this year. We can do so much more when we recognize that we are valuable just because we exist. Constant reaffirmation is not necessary for those truly at peace with themselves. It’s a lifelong process, and as long as you remain open to course correction, I think you are making progress. Many thanks for the good thoughts.

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