H is for Humility

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Noun. The quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance,rank, etc.

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.”

Thomas Merton

I think if the world took a step back, and changed how they look at things, added some humility, we could come to terms with the violence and degradation of each other enough to move past what has been done, and begin to do what needs to be done for peace. I previously thought of making this “H is for Hate” just to write about the unnecessary side effects of blind hatred, and how it serves no good for anyone, even those hating. Humility struck me more.

Many times it is a person ego that prompts us to seek self-importance in whichever context. At work you seek to prove your worth not by working the best you can for you, but to show someone else that you are the best. This is ego. At school a student may be diligent in working at their studies, not because it brings them joy to study or because that is their duty, but to show others their intelligence. This is ego. A person may react jealously when talking with another, and insert themselves into conversations; not because they want to be part of the conversation for conversations sake, but to remind others of their importance. This is ego.

“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.”
Saint Augustine

By implying we are of such importance over others, it prompts a circular string of behavior in others. Instead of just being present, and being authentic to yourself, the ego takes away from the experience with worry and stress. If we were to make humility a focus of our actions, we would work because that is what we are there to do. We would study because as students that is our duty. And we would love because, ultimately, that is what we are on this Earth to do.

So take a moment and look at the sky, and remember how small we are in the great universe that surrounds us. Think of how many people exist on this planet with us, and remember that a simple change can be a wave of self-realization. For yourself, for others, for all.

** If there are any errors in writing I apologize! I was  getting this posted right before work this am! 🙂 **

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