Thursday, April 3, 2008


The notion of humility as a virtue brings numerous images to mind. We tend to envision those rare individuals who humbly bear life's struggles while downplaying their own strengths. Yet humility is also associated with people whose insecurities compel them to judge themselves unfavorably as a matter of course. The true definition of humility, however, does not correspond precisely with either of these images. Humility is not passivity. Rather, it is an utter lack of self-importance. The individuals who embody the concept of humility appreciate that each human being on the planet occupies a unique place on an infinite spectrum of development. Though they can take pride in their own accomplishments, they also understand that the people they interact with each day are as valuable and have as much to offer the world as they themselves do.
Today I am grateful...
  • that I got to visit a huge marble/granite stone yard. I have never seen such beautiful slabs of carved earth. That this stuff grows in the earth is amazing to me.
  • that there is so much on the Internet regarding humility that I could go on forever researching it, and I will continue, but I will not be recording what I find. Tomorrow it's back to the old randomly found stuff. Otherwise when my sponsor returns at the end of the month what I would have to share with him would take hours.
  • that I have enough humanness for one person
  • that the only requirement for membership in Alcoholics Anonymous is the desire to stop drinking

To be humble is to accept that while there will always be individuals more and less advanced than yourself, those on all parts of the spectrum of development can provide you with insights that further your personal evolution. Recognizing these insights is a matter of opening yourself to the fact that not only do others think and feel differently than you, but their life experiences have shaped them in a very different way than yours have shaped you. This means that while you may have a greater understanding in some areas, others will always be able to teach you something. When you cultivate a genuine yearning to know what skills and talents those you encounter have been blessed with, you cannot help but learn humility. You instinctively understand that emotions like envy breed resistance that prevents you from growing, and that being flexible in your interactions with others will help you connect with unexpected mentors.

When you practice humility, you want to become as accomplished and evolved as you can possibly be, yet you are willing to submit to the expertise of others to do so. You understand the scope of your aptitudes yet you choose to eradicate arrogance from your attitude, and you can distinguish the value you possess as an individual while still acting in the interests of your fellow human beings. Humility, simply put, is a form of balance in which you can celebrate your own worth while sincerely believing that every other person on the planet is just as worthy as you.

Today's long ass quote is from DailyOm.com


dAAve said...

I usually attempt to remain at arms length from a long ass.

Bill said...

I wonder if a long ass is akin to a horse's ass? Maybe Lisa will tell us. I have the humility to benefit from her expertise.

Here's what you can do, Scott. I'm sure they have those Pods or Smart Boxes in Houston. Rent one of those and have it placed at your sponsor's home, and just fill it up with your Humility research! Think of how thrilled he'll be when he gets home!

Pammie said...

I love to look in stone yards. I have flagstone in my backyard that took me weeks to pick out, because I did not know there were so many beautiful places to look.

Syd said...

I think that being open to what others have to say has helped me to learn a lot. Generally, I learn something about myself regardless of the situation, good or bad.

Zanejabbers said...

Long Ass?

Mary Christine said...

If you ever come to visit Colorado, I shall take you to Marble. It is amazing.