When I meet someone who radiates humility, my shoulders relax, and something inside me lets go. Why? Because I know that I'm being fully seen, heard, and accepted for who I am.
I have been working on my ability to be humble in all situations!
I notice my thoughts and emotions without judgment and become more aware of unhealthy beliefs and actions limiting me.
I decided that traffic and home were perfect opportunities to practice building my awareness and my humility.
I generally drive the speed limit and consider myself a courteous driver.
I often look at the time in my car as an opportunity to reflect. I realize that the focus is getting to their destination as fast as they can for some.
As drivers are zooming past me as if I am driving well below the speed limit(which I am not), I find myself beginning to get angry and thinking, "does anyone drive the speed limit?" and "You are driving so dangerous, what is wrong with you?!"
That is right; I am supposed to be practicing humility; I took a deep breath, became aware of the emotions swirling inside of me, and reminded myself that wherever I'm going isn't so important that I have to get upset, angry, or think rudely of anyone around me.
This may be harder than I thought.
I love my two girls; it's not easy cleaning up after someone else. At points in my days, I often think to myself: "Why am I doing this? They can do this themselves; this isn't my mess". Then I get a little flash of awareness and everything changes. It is not my responsibility; it is an opportunity to do something for someone else. That is Humility.
My 14- and 10-year-old daughters recently helped me fold towels. When I saw the end product, it didn't look much different than when it was heaped in the basket. I found myself wanting to say," Nevermind, I will do it myself." But, rather than get upset because they did not fold the towels in the way I wanted them to, I thanked them and helped them put the towels away. Reminding myself just because it wasn't done the way I would have done doesn't lessen the value of the help given.
Why is it challenging for us to express humility? Is it because we often misinterpret its active demonstration as a sign of weakness when it indicates tremendous inner strength.
To close with the words of a few who knew humility.
"As I have said, the first thing is, to be honest with yourself. You can never impact society if you have not changed yourself…Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, honesty, and humility."
Jesus lived oppositely! He was born in a lowly barn, put others before Himself, and never bragged. Jesus tells His followers that "Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others. If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored."
Only humility will lead us to unity, and unity will lead to peace.