Lessons In Humility

Humility is a state of being humble, and is further defined as being not arrogant or assertive, offered in a spirit of deference or submission, or not costly or luxurious.  It seems to be defined as individual as we each are, and it changes constantly for me.  Humility teaches me to question my motives and objectives whenever I work towards change in my life. While I know I can’t always trust my own judgment, I know I can trust that God is working out in me what needs to be worked out – and the rest will come through the Program and in my faith.

Sunset last night in Monterey
Sunset last night in Monterey

9 thoughts on “Lessons In Humility

  1. “Big Al” and I were in the restroom together doing what little boys do and you know how quick conversations can be in that situation. Something was said about the grounds maintenance where I live and I replied, “They’ve got a gang of Mexicans doing it”.
    “Big Al” instantaneously replied, “Well, they are God’s children too”.
    I realized I had somehow put off LABEL on them which is a giant step towards prejudice.
    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic.

  2. The word humility is derived from the Latin word humus or earth and can be translated as grounded. When I practice humility I am right sized. I have a proper perspective and do not think to much or to little of myself.

  3. “If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, for you know what you are” – Mother Theresa.
    I find this a really helpful litmus test to see if I am actually in the “humble” zone or just think I am.
    If I am emotionally or personally hooked, then I am not being humble. So I then need to do the work of surrender/ acceptance, praying, turning it over, forgiveness to de energise sufficiently to gain perspective and peace.
    Then I may well be able to be useful.
    Man, I just went through those doors to learn to drink better.
    Look what happened.

  4. I wne to to work this morn for a little while only to help my bud load the big stuff into his van for show in Ann Arbor knowing he doens’t like otherws in his head while he’s trying get his poop in a pile prior to show days so i said somethingn when i seen him and right away he’s like” I can’t even think about that stuff right now” so I wnet about being busy doing some things that needed tending. Thing is shit like that used to hurt my feelings and now I know those are not his intentions, it’s just the way he is before a show and quite often many other days. I really felt some pity towards him thinking it must be a bitch not being able to think of anything other gluing a rock on a piece of wood as it seems like childs play to me(grin). I too often cringe when others take me away from what I want to focus on but i come around realizing it’s my self centeredness that keeps me from sometimes picking up the phone or just socializing with other people however it’s what I need to do or face being lonely when i have nothing to do because i haven’t nurtured my relationships. Today humility is nurturing my relationships without contempt or judgment only with kindness. Sheesh a couple of phone calls last night prior to the meeting brought a couple of people there who havn’t been real regular letting them know I care about them. If they are anything like me it makes it my job to pick up the phone and today that’s humility for me. Prayers for my trudge buddies.

  5. “Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call ‘humble’ nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. Probably, all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.”

    So says CS Lewis in his chapter on pride entitled “The Great Sin”. The guy he’s describing, it ain’t me. I didn’t even want to be that guy before, now I think I’d like to be. Progress not perfection.

  6. Top of the morning family,
    My old self thought humility was constantly thinking badly of myself. I cornered the market on self-anxiety and an inferiority complex. My so called manageable life was an illusion. Pride keeps me isolated in my own private Idaho. When my life gets dark, its because I’m keeping God at a distance. Today, my life is no longer my responsibility, that’s His job. True living is living for others. On a daily basis, I must refuse self and aim for a posture of maximum service to His will in all my situations. Bottom line up front: Divine Mercy has good things in store for us. When I made a decision to turn my will and life over, marked the first day of a new happiness, a new freedom. God does for me what I can’t do myself.
    Its a golden day to have a good day.
    Groovin’ on the Monterey photo, thank you!

  7. Humility, that strength granted to me by that “power greater than myself,” is mine for the asking.

    But because I sometimes am still within myself I can’t ask.
    Beautiful picture and very good shares for me to read and understand. HUMILITY

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