“To find the balance you want, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it's like you have 4 legs instead of 2. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.” -- Elizabeth Gilbert
Humility is perhaps the strongest human gift. And yet, we squander the opportunity to demonstrate how small we can be, assuming instead an egoic posture.
For my part, I’m a serial I’m-always-right offender, and seldom default to a position of surrender. To hold things in check, I need to embrace the brilliance of nature and remind myself how insignificant I am.
Perhaps it’s the 24/7 messaging that we’re apt to hear, but conditioning makes light of the issue. Humility should be who we are -- kind, loving and caring and putting everything and everyone before ourselves. (Imagine a world where we fully embraced humility: no wars; no strife; and no greed. What peace we would all experience.)
In my limited experience, if you want to glimpse true humility, you only have to look at the most disadvantaged or deprived. Yes, as in all walks of life, there are exceptions, but those that have the least, seem able, always, to put others first.
Of course, it’s difficult in a world where everyone’s intent on pursuing a personal agenda to drop our guard even for a second, but you’re unlikely to be remembered for how much you earned, or how many things you owned or the titles you accumulated. Humility, on the other hand, fosters a deep and abiding love that permeates and touches everybody in a way that almost doesn’t need to be spoken of. It just is.
If you’re unsure where to start, any kindness, no matter how small or trivial, is apt to lead to bigger and less self-serving deeds. Yes, even uttering the words ‘thank you’ with deep sincerity can make a lasting impression.
Humility, let that be your touchstone for life.