S:1036 Quote: Humility

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.)

 

“Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion
of your own gifts.

It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.”

William Temple

 

Coaching Point: I always had discomfort with humility believing it to be a form of weakness. After all, there I was at the top of the food chain, so why would I have the need for humility?

And then I began to awaken, recognizing the presence of pride.

Pride had become a barrier to peace. Pride kept me feeling separate-from, better-than, and always fearful of failing, at risk of falling from my pride-created pedestal.

In childhood, learning to be proud of accomplishments is a useful maturation step. Pride later becomes a hindrance when mistaking the performance for the person. The healthy adult learns to be pleased with their performance, recognizing it has nothing to do with who and what they really are.

Humility is the absence of pride and the presence of an awareness which transcends the lonely self.

Humility is an amazing freedom. The freedom to not bother with thinking about yourself at all.

Have you enjoyed experiencing the freedom of humility?

 

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