“Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility! Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate! Just like arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!”
― C. JoyBell C.
The very humble among us do not advertise that they are humble. Their innate humility precludes them from doing so. All too often, humility is mistaken for low self-esteem. People who are, by nature, humble… possess the instinctive wisdom to recognize that they are but a small microcosm of a very big world. They go about their lives, quietly doing their part to contribute to this planet, to make a difference. The thing is, they are not in the least interested in receiving praise or accolades for their efforts and accomplishments. Theirs is a quiet power ― filled with purpose, not vanity or ego. Theirs is a simple creed: Observe. Listen. Above all, learn.
As history will attest, these are the people who don’t aspire to greatness. Many of them simply are. Aside from the obvious biblical reference, one figure immediately comes to mind: Mahatma Gandhi.
By contrast, the arrogant who strut among us believe that the sun rises and sets on their very existence. They want to be heard, but don’t care to listen. They do not seek more knowledge because they believe they know it all. They have all the answers. Their own hubris makes them deaf and blind.
As history will attest, these are the people who are felled by their own arrogance. And when they fall, they fall hard. There are many historical figures and world leaders who come to mind, more recently: Richard Nixon.
Yes, there are those who are, by nature, humble. Then there are others who have learned how to be humble, through hard lessons and life experiences.
Personally, I fall into the latter category – learned humility. That said, I am ashamed to admit that I have had my share of arrogant moments, in the course of my life. It’s a work in progress.
I guess we are all a Work in Progress…
“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”
― Mahatma Gandhi (born: 1869-10-02 died: 1948-01-30 at age: 78)