When I think of humility ...
... I think of finding peace.
As I reflect upon the strength in the Silence of my heart I can't help but to be humble. I realize the power in Grace and because of this I can just be. Humility allows me to see others as I see myself for the impulse is strong but the spirit is stronger. It is so easy to get caught in ego but yet there is simple beauty in being humble. For is it not true that we all have the power in us?
Making the World a Better Place
Humility is the quality of being courteous and respectful of others while tending our own needs. Rather than incessantly saying “me first”, this virtues strength enables you to silence your pride and say, “you first.” Humility’s vice and polar opposite is negative pride.
Courtesy, patience and respect are qualities associated with humility. Some consider humility as a problem that interferes with “success.” We always fare much better if we focus on working to correct our own faults rather than criticizing others for theirs. No one “makes” us angry. We alone are responsible for our reactions people, situations and events that we encounter. Expressing anger tends to prolong and reinforce it. Angry words and actions are much more likely to escalate toward hostility and halt open communication rather than working with others to solve problems. Holding a grudge can easily consume one with resentment and prevent them from enjoying a life of peace. A grudge can destroy the grudge-holder with bitterness and revenge fuels hostility. Responding to anger with empathy and love is the most effective solution for dousing anger’s fire. It also creates an opportunity to halt the cycle where even a perceived enemy can become a friend. Through humility, we acknowledge that we are here because of efforts of a greater good that came before us. Now it is we who are responsible to look out for the greater good to ensure that it survives for future generations to come.
Actions inevitably speak louder than words. Still, animosities may be cloaked under the guise of tolerance to make one appear less judgmental and more fitting in social situations. The best protection from falsehoods and hidden negative, ulterior motives is to practice awareness, and empathy toward others to grow in wisdom and have faith in ourselves to reason through conflicts. The most effective buffer against life’s conflicting ideas, desires, motivations, and agendas is humility. With greater humility, we empower ourselves to rise above pettiness and negative pride and proactively face the disappointments of everyday life. Humility frees us from emptiness that results from constantly seeking attention, approval, wealth, power, notoriety and status. Unfortunately, many people fail to choose the way of humility for reasons of insecurity, low self-esteem, and failure to love one’s self “unconditionally” which is a prerequisite for loving others. However, anyone who seeks to understand humility’s real meaning and chooses to walk in its truth makes the world a little bit better and inevitably realizes tremendous, personal fulfillment along the way.
~ Randall Corley
- “I give freely without expectation!”
- “I not only seek for my benefit, but others as well!”
- “I desire to please others!”
- “I choose to accept the importance of every individual without fail!”
- “I am humbled and excited about myself and all of life at the same time!”
- “I choose to love life and myself without comparison to others!”
- “There is no one better or worse than I am!”
- “I love myself just as I am!”
- “I condemn in others, what I fear within myself!”
- “I choose to love others because they are no more and no less than another me!”
What encourages your HUMILITY?
A Spirit of Oneness
Humility is integral to a healthy perception. We can perceive the universe however we want, but there are times when our experiences bring sorrow and grief. With humility we can recognize when to let go and grow instead of proceeding with stubbornness. Humility allows us to see growth in all our endeavors and never failure. Humility leads us into the understanding that all humanity is connected and importance is assigned to all. Humility gives us gratitude for opportunity. Life is the opportunity to strengthen our spirit, humility honors that spirit...the spirit of oneness.
~ Sarah Kate Hicks
"As my consciousness stands before the masters space, time, and matter. Humility is all that could ever describe the feelings from within. Be humble for all life gives and you shall never be swallowed by greed." ~ Joshua
Warning: this video will make you think!!
"I am so confident in who I AM and the gifts I bring that I ask you instead to consider this**. Humility is so much more than you've beautifully and wonderfully articulated. I agree with everything you said and love you for speaking what I had no words for and while I see your clarity, I also realize there are always other views, levels, realms and paradigms that we have no perception of. Grace itself intertwines with us and we are weaved into the universe. The expansive side of our divinity is ours to hold and it is our free will. We are in our heads and in our hearts and also in our guts. We hold humility to anchor the side of us that manifests as ego. To suggest that humility is not a virtue and should be denied, actually denies the possibility that there is more to know. Here is what I have come to believe... that humility is connected to our free will and is actually an anchor that tethers us, mind, body & soul. **If we abandon ego we risk loosing ourselves to spirit. We have already abandoned spirit and are trying to pull ourselves back to balance now. Humility ensures that we "live in the world but not of it." June 8, 2016
Helping to manage peaks & valleys
Humility is an essence at the midpoint of our will, much like mercury in a thermometer.
I believe we will discover that our presence is important to the health of all around us and that we are affect/effect/infected by the climate of our environment too.
When we are in the presence of someone with true humility, the room fills in their grace. You can feel it too when you are with someone who lacks humility.
In the same way, when service is given with humility as an act of the heart and an expression of humanity, the quality of care is experienced by everyone. This alchemy is inspiring wellness. So too, when arrogance or a sense of entitlement is involved. This alchemy is despiring wellness.
When out of integrity with what we know to be right, it's our humility that bridges us to the rest of the balancing virtues to help us do the right thing.
~ Barbara Mackenzie
How is #humility helping bridge the peaks & valleys of your life?
Irony: "Look, I'm being humble"
Our Family Contributions
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Notice the evidence of the virtue in your life. Thanks to Mikes 100% determination for this series. A mix of humility & excellence, woven with so much beauty, integrity, mindfulness, love, caring. What a gift for all!
We will be Forever connected to this gift which quite literally would not be possible without the pure Grace of Linda Kavelin-Popov, author of the deck of 100 Virtues Reflection cards, The Virtues Project body of work, The Family Virtues Guide, The Educators Guide, Sacred Moments, A Pace of Grace, Graceful Endings and soon to be released, A Scent of Sage.
To the Voices of this Series:
We love the generosity of spirit behind each awesome voice. Thank You.
- Barbara: Purity
- Mike: Determination
- Prerana: Prayerfulness
- Randy: Moderation
- Tim: Beauty
- Fiona: Contentment
- Angela: Helpfulness
- Matt: Tolerance
- Jennilee: Service
- Sharky: Courage
- Eva: Perceptiveness
- Celina: Humility
- Grace: Paul
In joy, Barbara, Virtues Project Master Facilitator '06