What Is Humility? (An Opinion)
Humility is possibly one of the most difficult character traits to possess.
One of the first lessons I learned regarding humility was in ninth grade English class at Jennie F. Snapp School. Having already been bitten by the writing bug I was delighted when the class received an assignment to write a composition about what we thought Heaven was like.
The day after handing in our papers, Mr. Reber read out loud those assignments which he considered to be exceptional. I could hardly sit still, hoping he would read MY paper.
The anticipated moment arrived. As the teacher read the first sentence wherein I recognized it to be written by me, I burst with excitement. I turned around to the student sitting at the desk behind me. I whispered, loudly, "It's MINE, It's MINE!" Everyone in the room heard me.
Mr. Reber abruptly stopped reading. He looked straight at me, and he stated, "Yes, Lea, It IS yours!" He then commented on my rudeness, as well as, my boastful attitude. Afterwards, as he continued reading my paper, I shrunk in my seat, upset and humiliated.
Looking back now, I am aware of two things:
1-People forget. I suspect neither Mr. Reber nor one person in that class remembers that day. However, I will never forget it.
2-I credit that day as one of value to myself - the beginning of my journey down the road to self-discovery and humility.
Over the years others have been instrumental in bringing attention to my shortcomings. I refer to these people as my angels of mercy. Through it all I have learned humility is self-worth and acceptance of me as a total be-ing instead of do-ing only to please others.
Here are a few additional lessons I have learned about humility, mostly from my own personal experiences:
-Humility begins with gratitude for life itself and thankfulness if I awaken each day with health and a job to do.
-Humility is when you do not demand special treatment because of what you have accomplished or what your name is. Inner fulfillment comes from those who serve from their hearts rather than from obligation or resentment.
-Humility is humor - being able to laugh at your own mistakes, but not the mistakes of others.
-Humility is being charismatic rather than aggressive. It is beauty without vanity. It is winning without boasting and losing without discouragement. It is confidence without arrogance, sincerity without superficiality and compassion without pity.
-Humility is being an outgoing individual without attempting to attract attention to oneself. It is being better without being better than.
Finally, the Bible states, "He who humbles himself shall be exalted," while a Yiddish proverb reads, "Too humble is half proud."
Most important, I do not believe humility is an achievement. It is a daily education, learned mostly through our shortcomings but benefiting us for good in the long run.
Blessings always, Sincerely, Sparklea :)