“All streams flow to the ocean because it is lower than they are. Humility gives the ocean its power.” ~ Lao Tzu …
What a beautiful way to look at humility. By lowering ourselves in relation to others, we empower ourselves in ways that are simply not possible with arrogance or pride. The main reason for this is that we are incomplete without others. For instance, the knowledge we possess is but a drop of sand in the ocean of all the knowledge that is available to be known by humankind.
Our ability to affect this world is limited by our available resources–time, energy, knowledge, and so forth. When we try to be our own private pools, limiting our resources and possessions to all that we are and have currently, we reduce ourselves and limit our potential. That is because no matter how much we study and learn… there will always be more out there to know.
That is the beauty and the power of humility–it enables us to become more by accepting that we are less. And when we accept that we do not have to know or do everything, we remove the pressures and stress associated with trying to.
Practice humility in your life.
Questions to consider:
How does your knowledge compare with the amount of information and material that you do not know? In what ways can an awareness of this difference help us to remain humble?
Why does society seem to value knowledge and punish ignorance?
How does humility increase your ability and power?
For further thought:
“True humility is intelligent self-respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us mindful of the nobility God meant us to have. Yet it makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.” ~ Ralph W. Sockman