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HUMILITY – The quality or condition of being humble; imitate Jesus and Socrates.
This page is designed to help you cultivate humility right now. Stop by anytime for tips and inspirational reading on the topic. If you want to read all of the humility posts go here or return home to see which topic we are studying this week.
This appears to be quite a lofty virtue. For those of you who have been following my project since the beginning you know that I kept humility from Ben Franklin’s virtue list. I was inspired by his addition of the virtue to his list.
From Ben Franklin’s autobiography: “My list of virtues contain’d at first but twelve; but a Quaker friend having kindly informed me that I was generally thought proud; that my pride show’d itself frequently in conversation; that I was not content with being in the right when discussing any point, but was overbearing, and rather insolent, of which he convinc’d me by mentioning several instances; I determined endeavouring to cure myself, if I could, of this vice or folly among the rest, and I added Humility to my list, giving an extensive meaning to the word. “
This total lack of pretension and grace afforded by modeling one’s behavior on Jesus and Socrates is entirely blissful so HUMILITY made my habit list.
Here are specific things that you too can try, if you want to foster humility today.
- Study Humility – Surf the web, read the Bible and other books and see what inspiring things you can find about humility. Share your insights on the Bliss Habits Facebook page or here on the blog in the comments.
- Practice being humble – Do your best to stop comparing yourself to other people. Be courteous and respectful in all interactions with other people.
- Loosen expectations – (From Be Inspired Everyday) No matter how good you are at making plans or predicting outcomes, no matter how strong your belief is that something should be a certain way, life will often produce results you did not expect or did not want. When we hold tight to expectations, we become easily frustrated, disappointed, angry and humiliated. When we take ourselves and our expectations less seriously, we can more easily handle what life hands us and move out of God’s way as we are guided on our unique life journey. I know I have a tendency to expect things to proceed exactly the way I have planned and particularly since I am on vacation I will do my best to release this often frustrating habit.
- Practice Kindness Anonymously – Each day, make a point of doing something kind, without taking any credit. This can be in the form of an anonymous donation to a charity or a kind deed.
- Give Up Trying to Change Other People – If your husband leaves the cap off the toothpaste just put it on without berating him. If your mom insists on bringing food even when you asked her not to, say thank you and resist the urge to complain. Pass over the mistakes of others and accept being slighted, forgotten, and disliked. Let’s give up trying to force our will upon others (even when we know it would be good for them!)
- Second Guess Yourself (also from Be Inspired Everyday) – Today, second guess something that you believe you know to be true. Ask what other people believe about that idea. Then, ask God for clarification and take time to silently meditate on that belief. You may find that you will gain a new and refreshing view or you may further solidify your belief. Either way, wisdom and humility will be gained.
- Join the conversation – Visit the Bliss Habits Facebook Page . Sharing your experiences with others is an excellent way to cultivate the Habit of Bliss.
Thoughts on Humility
“In reality there is perhaps not one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down,stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself…For even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Walk lightly upon the earth. The words “humility” and “human” both come from “humus” or earth. With humility, we accept our place as one among many others. When we recognize that we are no more important than those others, we take no more than our small share. We approach even the most menial tasks joyfully. We accept that we are only here to be of service to God’s great creation.” – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat for Spirituality & Practice
I LOVE this! Getting to the root of words is always so enlightening. Thinking of humanity, humility and the earth all coming from the same root meaning really helps me to grasp them all. Humility has previously felt so lofty, something only great men like Jesus and Socrates could ever fully attain. I know this is in complete opposition to what either of them were teaching but their legendary ability to live this virtue always made it seem supernatural to me. Kind of like a super power. If you are Jesus you can wield this one, but mere mortals you are destined to struggle with this!
I find it easy to think of myself as a part of the earth with no more or less importance then anything else. Starting from the earth, and returning to the earth when greed or pride rear their head can put me in my place pretty quickly. The earth offers her gifts freely to everyone without regard of social standing. My path to humility is to follow her lead. Take no more then I need and do my best to share and be of service whenever I can. It isn’t lofty at all. It is actually pretty simple.
”Fullness of knowledge always and necessarily means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance, and that is always conducive to both humility and reverence.” – Robert A. Millikan
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” –
Speaking of Humility
“Speaking of Humility” is the blog party in which you share your take on the topic. I’m looking for everything and anything that speaks to Humility so consider adding your contribution today!
- Share NEW and OLD posts on the topic. This is your chance to share your favorite posts. If they fit the topic and you think we could benefit it doesn’t matter when you wrote it. Wisdom is timeless!
- Share your’s and other’s posts! Ran across a timely tidbit? Let us hear about it too! When sharing someone else’s posts please designate this by putting an *asterisk before the listing and please say submitted by using your name or blog name.
- Have Fun! Meet new bloggers and chime in on the topic.
Note: If you don’t have a blog to share, photos, ETSY collections and essays are most welcome. Let me know if you need help linking them up. If you would like to write a guest post on the topic to be featured here at Bliss Habits please contact me.
I look forward to visiting all the treasures YOU add to the collection!