Do you practice humility?
I really feel that humility is a gift that few people process. Therefore the act of humility has to be sought out, desired and practiced. Most of us have life experiences which has taught us not to be too caring an giving. God forbid if we are taken advantage of. Today more and more children are taught to live lives which are the opposite of humility. We have turned into a cold, mean and selfish society. We live in a dangerous world in which vulnerability is the last thing we want to be. Today its popular to be hungry- hungry for fast money, hungry for relationships, hungry for attention and hungry for fame.
The Merriam-Webster defines Humble as:
2:reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission <a humble apology>
b : not costly or luxurious <a humble contraption>
Some Humble People in History:
Abraham Lincoln, President Barrack Obama, Dali Lama, Florence Nightingale, Gandhi, Madam C J Walker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Rosa Parks.
Martin Luther King a true picture of humility:
Two months before Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated he spoke of what he wanted said during his eulogy His words are a true expression of humility:
“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral.
And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. And every now and then I wonder what I want them to say. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize—that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards—that’s not important. Tell them not to mention where I went to school.
I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others.
I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody.
I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question.
I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry.
And I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked.
I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison.
I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.
Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. And that’s all I want to say.
If I can help somebody as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong,
Then my living will not be in vain.
If I can do my duty as a Christian ought,
If I can bring salvation to a world once wrought,
If I can spread the message as the master taught,
Then my living will not be in vain.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.-
Martin Luther King Jr’s words are forever etched into history and into our hearts. He was hungry for bringing about positive life changes, he was hungry about teaching, he was hungry about delivering man up from inequity He was hungry for peace. His humility continues to empowerment mankind all over the world decades later.
An article on the huffingtonpost.com entitled “7 Ways to Tell if Your a Truly Humble Person” written by Lindsey Homes highlights 7 traits “humble people have mastered that allow them to live accomplished, fulfilled and happy lives.
- They focus there energy on others.
- They’re conscientious.
- Their moral compass guides their decision-making.
- They see happiness as a journey.
- They excel as leaders.
- They know good things lie ahead and they’re ok waiting for them.
- They have strong relationships.
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I’m far from perfect, I fall short of humility everyday however, I seek humility before all else. I know that being humble produces true happiness. I have no need to pretend, to hind my short comings, to be what others want me to be. I’m everything God created me to be. So today lets embrace humility, tell someone your sorry, say kind words to someone who needs to be lifted up, help someone just because. I promise you if your practice humility you will leave behind more than money can buy, more than your mind is able to imagine. Most importantly practicing humility will be fill your days with true happiness.
“My Life’s Mission is to persevere through life’s trials and tribulations, to positively embrace life’s diversities and challenges for the purpose of teaching, healing and empowering others to be their best.”