“I believe that the first test of a great man is his humility. I don’t mean by humility, doubt of his power. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.” – John Ruskin …..

Humility is sometimes mistaken for weakness. This, however, cannot be further from the truth, for the most powerful men and women who have walked among us have all practiced true humility. And true humility is the realization that each one of us are important pieces of the puzzle–that through our oneness, we achieve our power and become complete.

Being human, it is natural to desire recognition, acknowledgement, appreciation, and admiration. Our egos often feel that it is a necessity, perhaps as a boost to our self-confidence or as a safety net when we–or others–begin to question our worth. Yet from my own experience, I have found that being truly humble tends to open more doors to people’s hearts than any other trait. Additionally, it creates opportunities where I least expect them. When I am able to be humble, people tend to trust me, to confide in me and allow me to help them. When I listen to them instead of talking about myself, they tend show their appreciation for my empathy and attention. It is through such actions that we are able to serve others through humility.

There is “something divine in each of us.” And by serving others with humility, we become aware of this truth, for we find the good in their actions, thoughts, and words. Find true humility by helping others reach their potential through simple acts of kindness.

Do not seek recognition, acknowledgement, appreciation, or praise daily. As the Holy Book says, humble yourself to be exalted.

Questions to consider:

What are some of the things that keep us from being humble?

How do people tend to see other people who are humble?

Does your culture value humility? Why or why not?

For further thought:

“We have learned about true humility. To be humble is to surrender, to give up trying to change people or circumstances, to give up trying to force our will upon others. Humility is being quiet, being at rest, and being confident that God is present in every situation. Humility is being at peace, always.” – unattributed


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