I love the perspective and growth humility allows for, but damn if it’s easy.
We need to love ourselves, but not have a love affair with ourselves. Which is quite difficult because our natural bent is to have the love affair.
Love affair, you know, thinking about ourselves over all others, putting ourselves first over others, thinking our thoughts and ways are better and higher than others, taking care of our needs and wants over others, sacrificing others for our own benefit.
This doesn’t happen merely large scale, it happens in the everyday breath that we take as we work and as we live. It happens in our homes and amongst our friends. It’s a big, ugly, hairy beast that is seemingly always lurking in the shadows…even when there aren’t any shadows.
In a world and society that screams for and highlights the “boldest” and the “best”, we are failing to recognize that we are not making ourselves better than, but really less of. Sure, many will reach glory and fame. They will claim great accolades and accomplishments. But glory and fame fade. At times, fade quickly.
What is important, what truly matters, is what lasts. Regardless if it has a spotlight.
Humility. It’s noble. It’s right. It’s true. It’s intentional.
And it’s a challenge for each of us.