Humility

Swallow your pride occasionally, it’s non-fattening, says one author.

The How to of the Day has made me pause and think as I wade through my iGoogle page this morning.

It’s the article’s (from WikiHow) title, How to Be Humble that catch my attention. I click the link and learn good lesson, a good way to start my day.

Very few people, of course, actually think they’re perfect in every way, but it can still be pretty hard to be humble, especially when you live in a society that encourages competition and individuality, the article says.

It adds, Even in such a culture, however, humility is an important virtue. Learning to be humble is of paramount importance in most religions and spiritual traditions, and humility can also help you develop as a person and enjoy richer relationships with others.

The article has some tips that may guide us to become humble:

  • Appreciate your talents.
  • Understand your limitations.
  • Recognize your own faults.
  • Stop comparing.
  • Appreciate the talents and qualities of others.
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and never be afraid to admit that you made a mistake.
  • Rejuvenate your sense of wonder.
  • Seek guidance.
  • Think about yourself under different circumstances.
  • Help others.

My bestfriend’s virtue that I admire most is humility. I try to replicate his virtue by learning from his actions. Okay, I admit, I am susceptible of being boastful and proud.

“How to be Humble” reminds me of the parable, “Taking The Lowest Place” (Lk 14:7-11). In the parable, Jesus warns against sitting down in the best place. Someone more honorable may have been invited and when he arrives, the host will ask you to move to the lowest place which will bring you to much shame.

Instead, Jesus counsels to sit in the lowest place. That way, the host will come along and say “Friend, go up higher”. So instead of shame, brought about trying to sit in the best place, you will receive glory among those who sit at the table with you.

Through the parable, Jesus has taught us a most important truth: the need to be humble in our relations with God and those around us!

Here are some quotes about humility (that I like):

Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all. -William Temple

Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self. -Charles Haddon Spurgeon

When someone sings his own praises, he always gets the tune too high. -Mary H. Waldrip

If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect, says Ted Turner. Today, I remind myself to have ‘little’ humility.

Oppss.. The WikiHow article has this warning:

Don’t fake humility. Pretending to be humble isn’t the same as being humble, and often people who pretend to be humble do it in order to seek out praise. Other people will recognize this, and even if you fool some, you won’t derive the same benefits as you would through actually developing humility.

Jerry G. Gervacio
July 2007, Mandaue City

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One thought on “Humility

  1. Importance of Humility:

    The Lord blesses the humble – Ps 25:9; Pr 3:34
    Humility is a mark of wisdom – Pr 11:2
    Humility precedes honor like arrogance goes before destruction – Pr 18:12

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