We have all seen the footballer who scores a goal and turns to his teammates to thank them for their help. We have also seen the player who scores and then runs around the field pointing at himself and calling attention to his achievement.
C S Lewis, the author of the Narnia books, said, "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less”.
Humility is sometimes referred to as ‘the quiet virtue’. Humble people usually know their own strengths and weaknesses, are open to new ideas, and are able to appreciate the talents and needs of others.
And humble people are not walked over by others. Research has revealed that humble people are the people we like best of all.
They are more likely to be successful in life, friendships and even love.
Why? One reason is that they are less selfish and more understanding.
Boastful, arrogant people or people with low self-esteem are more likely to demand constant attention and praise. They are more likely to get angry with other people and nurse grudges, playing games like refusing to speak or sending nasty messages or getting others to gang up. They are more likely to run round the field pointing to themselves!
But humble people help their friends find solutions when they disagree, instead of having an argument or fight. They have lots of friends because they are nice to be with. They are more likely to be able to see the world through the eyes of others.
As Atticus Finch said to his daughter Scout in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."
These are the few ways we can practise humility:
• To speak as little as possible of one's self.
• To mind one's own business.
• Not to want to manage other people's affairs…
• To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.
• To pass over the mistakes of others.
• To accept insults and injuries.
• To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.
• To be kind and gentle even under provocation.
• Never to stand on one's dignity.
• To choose always the hardest.
• Be humble, Even in your greatness, Be noble, Even if you own the stars.
Reference: Principals Digests, www.principalsdigests.co.nz, Vol 22, No. 10