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Humility. Or?

Updated on February 7, 2017

Humility a way of life.

Humility does not mean we are humble at all times nor does it mean we always give in to others no matter right or wrong. Humility is the art of being humble. It is taking control of our "Pride". We do not become door mats by being Humble.

We are called to Humility.

It is true, we are called to reach out in all humility to others in invitation to a BETTER" world Our Acts will be the catalyst. We are called to invite all to our Humble repast of Building "PEACE". All members of humanity are called to practice Humility.

A Dictionary Meaning.

The dictionary gives the meaning of Humility as the practice of being Humble. This is not the whole meaning, the dictionary also says the meaning of Humble is being Lowly in Station. this is. one meaning I put it to you that the humble person, no matter their level in society may well be of a higher Station of humanity than is the pompous, pride filled elitist. or the person, male or female, of social Power.

Another meaning is more acceptable to me and that is; Being free from pride and Vanity, Modest and unpretentious. Humility and being humble is not being fear filled being afraid or being cowed in any way. Humility is not the mark or measure of a coward. I see humility in a person as the measure of real strength and courage. Mother Theresa was a WOMAN of very Great moral fiber and was a very strong person and strong character. She was. and is a very Beautiful and Radiant Person with a beauty that brought a light to those who knew "Her". Yet, Mother Theresa was a great example of Humility.

How do some view Humility; (Being Humble).

Most folk see the act of humility, if not the word, as being cowardly, as being servile to every one, subservient, obsequious, a door mat for others to walk on. This is not the truth, and all of us should adopt a measure of humility, if in verity, we want to build a better world for us and for our future generations. We must admit that unlimited Knowledge is now available to all of us, but WE DO NOT HAVE ALL OF IT. Remember that "Knowledge is not Wisdom.". Real humility will develop and build Our humanity, Our understanding and Our Wisdom. It is true that the gift of wisdom will keep us from overuse of the Tongue. We will listen more than we speak and we will hear what others are saying to us and so Know what questions they ask or what answer or questions we should give or ask. Humility keeps the tongue in check and the ears and eyes open..

A grace given and Received.

Humility is one of the cardinal virtues and is a treasure of great value. With the gift of humility we can, without any sense of condemning, correct a wrong act, a wrong doing, and still keep friendships or build new ones. As we grow into a caring people we will value the idea of Having a humble Spirit more and more. In Humility we become more in tune with God. We will begin to follow more closely the sermon on the Mount or as one Author put it, practice the Be Happy Attitudes. I would go further and Say we would practice "The Be Happy and Contented Attitudes" which we should all strive to do. Humility opens the door to the unity of the Human Race. This regardless of "Skin Coloring", "Religious Affiliation" or other impediments that we find in our Modern Day mishmash of social structure. In Humility we will not attempt to impose our way onto the backs of our fellow Humans. Humility opens us to share Real Agape Love for Humanity..

Can an "Anagram" be made of The word. "HUMILITY"

H.- We could say that the "H" in humility stands for "Humble" but I would suggest another. Humanity. U.- I will give to the "U" the words "Unity" and "United" because I believe that when we practice true "Humility" we will build a united World. M.- Would stand Meek which means being gentle and Humble of Heart. Gentleness and being Humble does not mean being weak and soft or cowardly. Being gentle shows real Strength, The M could also stand for Mildness or being mannered well.and considerate of others, I - Could be said to be influence. When we show a modicum of humility we do have an influence on those we come in contact with. (For the Good). then there is the L L- Leniency being lenient means we do have a forgiving Nature. this does not mean we forget but that (WE CHOOSE to be Forgiving. then there is the second i. And that I will be given to represent Intellect and Intimacy. Humility allows us to be Proactive and not reactive to and with others people. The T - t could stand for trust. A trust that could built up within ourselves and with others. Y - Is for "You" as in you are important and of great worth, regardless of your station in life.

All ingredients of "Humility" would be summed up in the designation of being Pious or Holy. When one has developed the gift of "Humility" One can be said to be a person that truly is concerned with the feelings of others. They naturally reach out to and enfold other people


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      John Ward 10 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Thanks. Savvidating. Point well taken.

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      Yves 10 months ago

      No doubt...and even if you do not write about your encounters with these two remarkable souls, I am deeply touched that your experiences meant so much to you. It may even be enough. Honestly.

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      John Ward 10 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      savvidating. I will certainly give your suggestion some Thought. Mother Theresa is one of my most potent, very pleasant, and loved Memories. As was Sister Agnes in Bombay. I treasure Those memories very much.

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      Yves 10 months ago

      I would be most interested in reading about your encounter with Mother Theresa. Please think about writing an article about her and what you felt. Just a thought.

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      John Ward 10 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Well said, Savvidating. Jesus most definitely demonstrated what the Grace of Humility looked like. I graciously thank you for your comment.

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      John Ward 10 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Thanks John it took a lifetime to Learn. Also having met Mother Theresa in Calcutta (Before she became Known) had no small effect on me. Loved her. I did learn much from her and from another "Sister Agnes" in Bombay. Bombay is now "Mumbai". Your comments are always welcome. John

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      John Ward 10 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      As do I. As a follower of Francis I have much to Learn. Francis told us to preach the gospel at all times and only when absolutely necessary to use words. It is difficult to do this. Thanks Savvydating.

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      Yves 10 months ago

      That is why Jesus was the perfect man; He was the personification of humility.

      What a beautiful article you've written here. I think of humility as a quiet confidence; that which is strong, yet compassionate...and very wise.

      Humility is nothing like what most people believe it to be. Thank you for pointing that out.

      More importantly, thank you for the reminder that I've got work to do in that department. ;)

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      Paul K Francis 10 months ago from east coast,USA

      Humility truly is a "treasure of great value." And I would like to add freedom from self-righteousness into the mix, as it is a holiness, not a lowliness. Great article.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a great read to start my day. It is really hard to get upset when practicing humility. Certainly this is a great commandment that gets overlooked.

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Such a wonderful lesson here, John. I love this meaning of humility: "Another meaning is more acceptable to me and that is; Being free from pride and Vanity, Modest and unpretentious. Humility and being humble is not being fear filled being afraid or being cowed in any way. Humility is not the mark or measure of a coward. I see humility in a person as the measure of real strength and courage."

      I consider myself to be a humble person and if anyone calls me that I take it as the greatest compliment.

      I actually wrote a poem/hub called "Mr Humble." I don't know if you have read it. Great job here. Blessings.