Naked questions and humbling courage…

Humility by Tamara Magnitsky
Humility by Tamara Magnitsky

Welcome to Humility week.

Humility is a funny topic. On one hand it is full of such reverence but on the other it is so omnipresent, if we allow ourselves to get present. Every breath, every gorgeous being (just look at that seahorse!) invites us to it. When practiced correctly, humility paves the way for the very best human behavior.

January shows us:


May  my words make their way

Into the heart of the world…. by January Handl

Today I am humbled

by watching a 16 year old

girl on her birthday

address the UN assembly

with words of  Forgiveness



after being shot in the head

for striving to educate girls

in her country


I am humbled by the suffering

of children

of women

of men

who are impacted

by the misguidance

of fear,



unconscious action

horrific violation

deep dismaying perpetration

of karmic debt and cosmic balance


I am humbled by the

naked questions of children

whose innocent wisdom

bends my knees in honoring

the soul-fired eyes

curiosity-filled hearts

and uninhibited wonder

at both the beauty of this planet

and the inexplicability of the

ways of our species


I am humbled by the courage

the strength

the determination

of the wildest meandering

of the shared source

of the giant love

that keeps its place

keeps its peace

keeps its core

even amongst such

obstacles and opportunities

of light and shadow


I am humbled by each of you

and  this life

this gift

this response-ability

to each other.

Humility gives us access to a human being’s best.  Heck two of our finest are even part of the definition!

HUMILITY – The quality or condition of being humble; imitate Jesus and Socrates.

This week our initiative is to be like these men. When we can serve we should serve. When we can listen we should listen. When compassion calls we should answer.

Breathe deep, we all have our perfect place in the “giant love” and this week humility can lead us to the wonder!



Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!

Tamara Magnitsky

Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.

Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband  🙂


January Handl

January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years. She is currently the Director/head teacher at Gazebo Park School, and lives at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. She lives simply in awe of existence.

She calls her photo “hot tub bliss”  🙂

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