Humility In the Community
Recognizing the people and factors that have shaped my life
To practice Humility I will:
- give credit to others
- admit mistakes
- ask for help when I need it
- realize my way is not the only way
- think of myself less often
“Too Big for Your Britches”
-Jill W Tomey
My dad used to say this to us as kids when our egos started to govern our behavior. I researched the phrase and found it originated in Davy Crockett’s time with the saying Too big for your boots meaning that you had become so swollen with yourself that they, the boots or pants, didn’t fit.
The root of the word Humble comes from the Latin for “ground”. Humility keeps us grounded. That should not be confused with being a doormat. Humble people want everyone to be happy and succeed, including themselves. They pursue excellence over-popularity.
Gratitude plays a large role in Humility as it helps us to recognize that we depend on others, not only to succeed but for our daily living. Think for a minute of the large web that supports you in business or in your family. How many of us grow all our own food or hand-deliver our own mail. We have townships, first responders, retail establishments, restaurants, entertainment venues, technicians and repairmen whose services are available to us every day. We are all interconnected. During this time of the COVID-19 crisis, we are starting to understand how interconnected we all are. With shortages, cancellations and changing mandates, we really need to be grateful for those who are keeping our hospitals staffed, our food shelves stocked, and all of the other essential services we formerly took for granted. This crisis is affecting everyone and is a great lesson in humility.
This month, use your humility to stay grounded, and grateful.