Seeing Great Things From The Valley

“Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.” ~G.K. Chesterton …

When we place ourselves among the lowliest… we have nowhere to look but up. And as G.K. mentions, when we look up we see grand things, such as massive snow covered mountains and skyscrapers that touch the sky. However, when we place ourselves above others, we begin to find ourselves alone, looking down upon all that is below us as small and insignificant things of another world.

The other part of this quote is of equal importance–“Humility is the mother of giants.” This is meant to say that those among us who become giants, who make a meaningful impact towards the whole of humanity, are born out of humble roots. One cannot easily become great without first becoming humble, for without humility, it is difficult for us to see the incredible value in every single person we meet.

When we are able to look beyond a person’s situations, shortcomings, and current state in life, we are able to treat them with compassion, love, and concern. Additionally, we are able to be much more effective teachers and leaders, role models and parents, for others who need our help to see their own beauty and value in life and to believe in their potential.

The world needs us to help each other to see our own gifts and talents, and to find our purpose here in life.

Help someone find gratitude for the gifts they possess and the life they have available today.

Questions to consider:

In what ways are you humble?

Where does this humility come from?

Would you rather be around a truly humble person, or someone who seeks credit for everything?

For further thought:

“Many people believe that humility is the opposite of pride, when, in fact, it is a point of equilibrium. The opposite of pride is actually a lack of self-esteem. A humble person is totally different from a person who cannot recognize and appreciate himself as part of this worlds marvels.” ~Rabino Nilton Bonder


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