At the top of my blog page I wrote “Trying to figure it all out”. That is why I wanted to start blogging to get my feelings out, the ones that have been stuffed away for too long. Sometimes I wander away from my initial goal.
This morning the word HUMILITY was brought up, which is the act of being humble (one of many definitions). I had always considered myself a humble person, but was I ever wrong. One cannot be humble and have ulterior motives. One cannot be humble and want things only for himself, regardless of the facade that they present. One cannot be humble and have scorn in his heart for those around him that have what he desires.
True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes – Edward Frederick Halifax
Humility is not just something that you wake up one morning and decide to be, it has to be lived. I believe it can be learned, if I can become and remain teachable. Pride is humility’s enemy, pride is one of the seven deadly sins. Being proud of an accomplishment is a good thing, boasting about it, even if by doing it quietly, is the problem. The need of recognition goes against humility. The need to please others, or to act in a way that I believe that others want me to act goes against humility. Saying things that I think people want to hear just to get that positive reaction goes against humility.
I am making a lot of changes in my life, no…..God is making a lot of changes in my life. Left to my own devices I am not a good person, but that’s OK as I do not have to be that person any more. I can be the person that my Higher Power, who I choose to call God, wants me to be, needs me to be. Progress not perfection.
A friend of mine keeps reminding me of Rule 62
RULE 62 = “Stop taking your self so damn seriously”
That about sums it up.
Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful – Ann Landers
Be good to yourself today