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Ponderings: On Humility

Updated on September 5, 2016
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With a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from University of Pennsylvania in 1985, Maria uses a love for music in working with others.

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My Inspiration

In 2014, Jo_Goldsmith11 took it upon herself to initiate the Light2Love Project Good Words.

Jo pledged to use good words and publish articles used to empower, encourage, support and defend those who need to be shown love.

Jo offered us a good word for each week to focus our thoughts, behaviors and actions on...In the 17th week, Jo wrote her perspective on the word humility.

However, as 2014 came to an end, Jo filed away her Good Word articles - as she begins the process of publishing it in e-book'. Shyron E. Shenko continues to write a beautiful poem to accompany each Good Word to inspire and lead us.

The ripple effect of the Good Words Project throughout the HubVille community has been heartwarming.

Please join me with some of my musical thoughts and reflections on the word humility...

Humble leaders are free to build up others.

Arrogant leaders build up themselves.

Kate Bush: This Woman's Work

The field of nursing is as immense as a field of wild flowers. There is a specialty for every personality type. When students are exceedingly shy around people and highly anxious by nature, they are not likely to enter behavioral health nursing.

That being said, I was a shy and anxious nurse, who found the confidence to enter this challenging field, largely due to a phenomenal instructor I had in college.

Today we are the best of friends. When we meet for lunch, restaurants dim the lights and we realize we've been at it for hours...!

Leadership is first about character then about skills.

Spend more time developing the practice of humility and leadership skills will come.

Bread: Diary

Alice, back then 'Mrs. Brogan', helped me get comfortable in my own skin and believed that I could work with those having mood or thought disorders. She actually helped me understand I could do anything I had a true passion for... Then and now, Alice is very much comfortable in her own skin.

Today I keep mental diaries of my students as I observe them through their clinical rotation in behavioral health. This is the fuel for my one-on-one evaluation session, one of my favorite experiences with them.

I am thrilled when anxious students "grow their courage" over the weeks, as I have been told.

Humility joins;

arrogance stands aloof.

John Coltrane: Body and Soul

I am heartened when students universally identify how mental illness is equal opportunity in regards to social, economic, occupational, and other characteristics - ie) not something that happens to others, rather any of us.

I am ecstatic when students understand that every client has emotional issues, no matter what they are being treated for - when you look at a person holistically...their mind, body and spirit.

But every diary is as different as every potential nurse...and every day what I learn and experience through their eyes truly humbles me.

Humility opens hearts;

arrogance builds walls.

Audrey Hunt (vocalcoach)

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Bette Midler: Wind Beneath My Wings

Heart and Humility

Audrey Hunt inspires me with her voice in every sense of the word...she writes, sings, plays the piano and emotes straight from her beautiful and huge heart - truly like no one else on HubPages. And yet, it wasn't until recently, that I learned of Audrey's humility.

You may also know my friend as vocalcoach. In her latest piece of writing she wrote:

"This is my first writing challenge on Hubpages. I thought long and hard about taking Bill Holland's writing challenge. I just wasn't sure I'd be able to do justice to the lovely photo of The Woman On The Mountain Top (Bev, Bill's wife.)

My own self-doubt and lack of confidence bubbled into a lather washing my last bit of courage away. Then as the day progressed I found myself mentally repeating Bill's words. 'This is an exercise for writers.' Okay. So this is an opportunity for me to grow as a writer. I've got to do this. I'm a teacher and I realize the value of exercises. For me they are the building blocks to knowledge.

So, with humility, I begin my story with thanks to Bill for being The Wind Beneath My Wings."

(Ironically, I planned to use Bette Midler's iconic song for the Good Word of humility, because it reminds me of Alice, my mentor and friend.)

Audrey, thank you for inspiring me with everything you write, including this first writing challenge. I have shared just a few of your posts below but a look at your profile will show so much more for anyone looking for inspiration, information or excellent writing.

During this season of Thanksgiving I am grateful for you and the good friends we have made in this amazing community, dear Audrey.

Hugs, peace and the best of good health to all this season. Until next week, mar

© Maria Jordan (November, 2014)


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    • marcoujor profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Of all the Good Words, this is the one you were meant to find today, Car51.

      "A Grief Observed" sounds like the perfect book to read at this time in your life. Always in my thoughts. Love, mar

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      6 years ago

      “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.” (C. S. Lewis)

      Love this quote (and the Hub)! Am reading a C.S.Lewis book right now -- "A Grief Observed". He wrote it as he watched his wife die from cancer. Very meaningful to me at this time of my life!

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks for both of your visits, funny and sweet Theresa...I had a fabulous Thanksgiving...largely in part to beautiful and generous friends like you! I have started introducing some salads to my menu...Christmas is coming, you know (LOL)!

      Audrey, Your comment is so touching...It was a privilege for me to write this in honor of you, my dear friend. I would love for us to meet one day for 'a real live hug' but in the meantime...these remarks from you sure feel like a great big bear hug! A million thanks to you FOR BEING YOU...!!!!!!!

      creativelycc, It's lovely to meet you and I thank you for such an insightful comment here. I look forward to checking out some of your writing as well.

      Have a peaceful day to all. Hugs, Maria

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      Carrie L Cronkite 

      6 years ago from Maine

      Beautiful hub Maria and tributes to some amazing writers here on HubPages. Humility is a beautiful trait - it always sees the best in others and puts others first.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear Maria,

      For all you do, for who you are, I will be eternally grateful you are in my life. I cannot find a way to express my feelings for all you have done for me.

      I am completely surprised to discover your tribute to humility connected to my name.

      Friends like you and all who have written such supportive and kind comments here are a rare gift.

      I thank you all for your thoughtfulness.

      Your kind gesture will remain in my memory forever. You make me want to be a better woman.

      Hugs, love and blessings dear Maria,


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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Maria,

      I know you had the best Thanksgiving, topped off with a delicious Birthday Cake no doubt! What a blessing ...a Thanksgiving/Birthday combination.

      Hugs and love always

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Hahaha ... just some Turkey Day humor. Giblet as in giblet gravy LOL. I am referring to eating leftovers for the rest of the holiday days, like turkey sandwiches, etc. Once we arrived home, however, I was so tired, I fell asleep at 6:30 p.m. and slept through the night ... until late in the morning. What a great holiday : ) hee hee, combining gluttony and sloth (kidding ...) and our many blessings, of course.

      I hope you and yours had a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Checking in and hoping that everyone had a lovely and peaceful Thanksgiving Day...

      Genna, It is always wonderful to see you, dear girlfriend. Hope you are feeling 100% better by now! I'm not surprised you love Audrey as I do.

      Theresa, Please stop making me laugh... You are 'about to go and get your giblet on...?' What the faith kinda gobbley-gook are you talkin' bout...??? I am 'sorry' but eating for four days we ate today...can you say HOLY MOLY ROLY POLY...?? :)) Thanks for sharing on Pinterest as well.

      Thank you, Shyron...after Faith's comment, I need some HUMILITY stat and I intend to check out your recommendation.

      Love you all and have a wonderful evening. Hugs, Maria

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Dear Maria, the song I think of for the words forgive and humility is "Fall upon your knees", I have heard others sing this but Miriam Webster is great.

      Love, hugs and blessings.


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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Hooray, I was finally able to share to Pinterest! Don't know what the Faith was going on there for a bit LOL.

      I am about to go and get my giblet on LOL ... and wanted to let all my special Sistas here in HubVille know just what a special blessing you all are in my life and how thankful I am to have met you via HubVille. The best blessings are those unexpected ones. You are all so special and beautiful, please know.

      Well, for the next four days, we are going to stuff ourselves and become so sorry (southern for lazy), all the while spending time with our cherish family members, and I consider you all my family too, precious hearts.

      Much love and blessings for a safe, blessed Thanksgiving Day holiday over the next four days ... LOL, of gluttonous proportions hee hee, and let us all be mindful as to just how blessed we (all of us turkeys) truly are in this life.

      Love you,

      Theresa aka Faith Reaper : )

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Maria, you are the perfect individual to champion and write this series . And what a treasure this is to us all. “The field of nursing is as immense as a field of wild flowers.’ So well said. I only wish we had more nurses like you in this diverse field. You have spoiled me regarding the level of future expectations, my dear. Alice (Mrs. Brogan), was indeed a wonderful teacher and leader…she knew she had a diamond in the rough, so to speak, in you and a teacher that would inspire students for years to come. I have always thought that humility is a wonderful teacher. Audrey Hunt has a unique voice …I have followed the work of VocalCoach on the hub for years. She is the ideal choice for heart and humility. Beautiful, article, Maria. And Midler's song has always been one of my beloved favorites.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good morning to all,

      Mary, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” ― C.S. Lewis What a wonderful quote and thanks for sharing your insights and your support here, my dear friend.

      Thanks to you for stopping by with your perceptive remarks and good wishes, my dear Randi.

      How kind of you to visit, Jodah and share your positive thoughts about our Audrey as well.

      Peg, Thank you for your detailed comment filled with love. Alice is amazing and you would love her as I do. I've invited Audrey to select another 'Good Word' over the coming weeks but her response to Bill's challenge (that I linked above) inspired me to dedicate this hub to her.

      Wishing everyone a good day and a Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Maria

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Each time I read a hub you've written I learn a little bit more about you. What an insightful statement you made that "mental illness is equal opportunity" and like any illness is an equalizer in all walks of life.

      Your mentor Alice is a wise woman. It's wonderful to have a long time friend with whom the hours fly by and you never run out of good material to share.

      Audrey is a great teacher and natural coach of so much more than music. I'm pleased to have read some of her work and will be reading more. I look forward to reading her answer to your challenge on humility. Up and away and sharing this.

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      John Hansen 

      6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Oh Maria you are a perfect example of "humility" and kindness,as is Audrey. You couldn't have chosen a nicer and more deserving person to highlight. I echo all the other comments that this is a beautiful and touching hub. Voted up.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful post, Maria! Humility is something must of us strive for and few of us truly practice. Thank you for sharing! Excellent music, quotes and choice in Audrey!

      Have a very happy thanksgiving, Maria! XO

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Dear Maria, every one of your hubs pulls at the heart. You make us aware of our own frailties. “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” ― C.S. Lewis

      You are a true example of humility though you seem to see it in others you aren't aware of what an example you are and Audrey, a perfect example and wonderful writer. This is a double winner!

      I'm often humbled by the greatness around me (like you and Audrey).

      Voted up. useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Harishprasad, Your comment touches my heart. Thank you for sharing your brother's experience as I think immediately of Florence Nightingale, when you describe the lovely nurse's voice. Florence was such a role model for humility with the profession of nursing. Audrey will love to hear your words as well.

      Phyllis, Your experience in humility is powerful as well. "To see a dying person smile because they know they are not alone and one is there to hold their hand." Indeed, how wonderful is that...and you as well.

      Wishing you both a peaceful day. Thanks for your insights. Hugs, Maria

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Maria, I really enjoyed reading this hub. You chose a good person to highlight - Audrey is a loving soul with a big heart.

      I learned about humility when I was in high school and started working at a convalescent hospital on night shift. It was just an RN and myself on that shift, with about 90 patients. I cannot tell you how many folks I stood with in the middle of the night, holding their hand and praying for them as they died. It was a very humbling experience that taught me the importance of giving elderly folks the love and respect they deserve. No one on my shift ever died alone and scared, for I felt it was my task to be with them in their final hours. After all these many years, I remember each and every one I stood with and I can still shed a tear when I remember their last smile. Now, how wonderful is that? To see a dying person smile because they know they are not alone and one is there to hold their hand. Many of the patients did not speak English, but they understood I was there to comfort them and I understood their language, which was the language of the soul, humble, grateful and loving.

      Thank you for writing this reminder of the importance of humility.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      6 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Maria, this hub is very special and gives a clear understanding of humility, a great trait in human beings. You wrote about nursing. This reminds me of time when my younger brother was undergoing treatment in a hospital. I happened to see a very kind and affectionate nurse there who spoke like a nightingale , and every time she would attend to my brother, it was like seeing an angel turned nurse . She was such an avatar of humility.

      You wrote about Audrey Hunt, and I fully endorse your nice sentiments about this versatile gentle lady. I have read her some hubs and all that touched my heart. I am her great fan and admirer.

      Maria, humility is a strong trait in a person and humble persons are capable of changing the face of earth through their kindness and affection.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good evening, my dear friends,

      Sha, "Humility keeps me in check and lets me see the beautiful qualities that each and every one of us possess." That is so true and insightful...thanks for being the first to stop by with your supportive and loving comments.

      Gail, You would love Alice and she, you - as you are two peas in a pod. I will send Audrey an e-mail as you did very soon - what a sweet and gracious woman.

      Bill, You are 'persistent' in your use of beautiful...hmmm...LOL! Always great to see you here.

      Mike, Despite the short supply, you certainly are a mentor and supportive to so many of us here...Hey, didn't I just bump into you on Moonlight Lane??

      Martie, How wonderful that you and Audrey have shared, grown and healed together over these years...I love when you stop by and value your remarks so very much.

      Sha, "HP, are you listening?" I sure do hope so...but I wonder sometimes...?

      Ruby, Gosh, I think I had "Betty" as a supervisor once too (LOL)! I'm not surprised you love Audrey as much as I do, my dear friend.

      Faith, Thanks for both your visits, shares and votes...I will have to check out "Five Beautiful Truths About Women" -- thanks for suggesting. I KNOW you sing better than me, sweet friend...just sayin!

      Lovely to see you shanmarie and I totally agree with you that HUMILITY is a character strength.

      Wishing you all a peaceful night. Love and hugs, Maria

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      Shannon Henry 

      6 years ago from Texas

      What a beautiful hub. Humility is most definitely a character strength rather than a weakness.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Well, all my share buttons worked fine except Pinterest. I shall return!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Maria,

      This is such a tremendous hub and you share such wonderful insight into what it means to possess the lovely quality or character trait of humility, as opposed to its opposite and ugly word ... arrogance. I love your carefully chosen quotes here!

      Thank you for sharing of your mentor and amazing friend, Alice. This world can use a lot more just like the both of you. Maria, you are truly beautiful and amazing.

      Speaking of beautiful and amazing your choice of dear Audrey for the good word of humility. I just love her and reading her brilliant hubs. She is such an encourager, especially when I told her of the horror of when I heard my own voice on our answering machine! Eeeks! LOL and when I tell her that I love to sing in the car (when no one else is present, for their own safety), and when I sing in church, and I attempt to not stand behind anyone, so as to not torture them with my joyful singing : ) ... She is always so kind and gives great advice. I love all of her hubs you have highlighted here, and I also truly love her hub, "Five Beautiful Truths About Women!"

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Love to you, Alice and beautiful Audrey.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love this Mar. While reading your words on your nursing instructor, Alice, I thought of mine. Her name was Betty and she'd been in the military. She was as hard as nails and I was afraid of her. She would flip a coin on a bed I'd just made and if it didn't bounce, she tore it apart for another try. That was within the first year, as time moved along, I found that she really had a big heart and was a great teacher and I learned to love and respect her. Now, about our friend Audrey, I think I've read every hub she's written. She's a great writer and I really loved her challenge story. We've talked about heaven and her words, " I want to go to heaven to see my son again. ' At the time I was unaware of her son's death, later I learned more. I admire her much as I do you my friend.Hugs and peace...

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      You know, more and more lately I wish we had a 'like' button to push on individual comments. I'd like to push one now on Martie's comment.

      HP, are you listening?

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Audrey aka vocalcoach is one of the very first friends I have made on HubPages. Way back then - in 2010 - both she and I was suffering tremendous emotional pain. She was mourning the death of her beloved son and I was mourning the death of my trust in humanity. With the support of each other and our fellow-hubbers, Audrey and I healed and grew. Humility is most certainly one of Audrey's beautiful characteristics. She has all the reasons in the world to be conceited, yet she is always humble.

      Really, Mar, I am so grateful for having the privilege to communicate with super-intelligent, wise and humble people like you, Audrey and all our fellow-writer friends :)

      This is a profound and touching hub with the good word, humility.

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello mar. The world is in short supply of mentors and strong supporters. The quotes you found on humility are succinct and have a richness in tone. Audrey is such a wonderful choice to highlight here. Her writing covers a wide range of subjects and I tease her all the time that 'me' singing is not a good goal.

      Nice to see you tackle this tough subject so well in the 'Good Words' journey.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I keep saying "beautiful" about your works, and thinking there must be another word I can use, but really, beautiful is the perfect word. There is so much love in every one of your articles, and this one is certainly no exception.....the person who you are shines through in your words...and I'm so glad you mentioned of my favorite people on HP....kudos to you, my friend, and to Audrey....yes, beautiful is the perfect word.



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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Dear Maria,

      Oh my, so much about this hub tugged on my heartstrings.

      First off, I was glad to learn more about the special friend/mentor relationship you have with Alice. You've mentioned her in other writings, but this one gave me a much deeper understanding of how her mentoring stretched your wings and also, explained why you're such a supportive, inspiring and amazing teacher of nurses.

      Secondly, I was happy to see Audrey, our dear Vocalcoach here on HubPages, highlighted in this hub and, as you, I learned more about her today and look forward to reading the Bill Holland Challenge Hub that she wrote.

      I have already read the other ones you referred to and they are, of course, excellent examples of her stellar writing and ability to inspire readers to positive action.

      Sending Love & Hugs to You, Alice and Audrey,


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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Mar, isn't amazing how many experiences humble us? I'm so thankful for that. Humility keeps me in check and lets me see the beautiful qualities that each and every one of us possess.

      Audrey is the perfect example of humility. I was completely blown away by her Advice - Learn From Trees - Redwoods - Teachers of life hub. It made me reflect and see life beyond my little corner of the world.

      Awesome hub, my sweet friend. Your undertaking of Jo's Good Words gives us a little more insight into the amazing person you are.


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