Humility… What is that?

noun: humility

  • a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.
    synonyms: modesty, humbleness, meekness, diffidence, unassertiveness;

    lack of pride, lack of vanity; servility, submissiveness
    ~ “he accepted the award with sincere humility”

What does it mean to be humble? And why is it important?
I want to start by saying that we are living in an “I need to be right, I need to win” culture. In simple terms we have become whiny brats. We have movies, tv shows, video games, social media, magazines, etc. telling us to put ourselves above everything else. Guess what? We took it too far. By all means take care of yourself and your basic necessities! Putting yourself first should not mean only your opinion has value or that you are any better than anyone else. Putting yourself first should not mean that respect is gone.

“Humility is about emotional neutrality. It involves an experience of growth in which you no longer need to put yourself above others, but you don’t put yourself below them, either. Everyone is your peer – from the most “important” person to the least. You’re just as valuable as every other human being on the planet, no more and no less. It’s about behaving and reacting from purposes, not emotions. You learn to simply disconnect or de-program the competitive reflex in situations where it’s not productive.” –Karl Albrecht Ph.D.

When we sincerely place the interests of others above our own it yields positive results. People that are humble tend to be happier. Relationships with others become smoother and more pleasant because they avoid becoming disagreeable and demanding. Letting go of that pride can give you peace of mind. Humility can free us from conceit so we can realistically assess our strengths and weaknesses, our successes and failures.

Give humility a chance and see how it helps you live positive lifestyle!

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