Day 3, Wardrobe of Virtues: Humility "back down to earth" (originally published on atlasoflight.com)
[Originally Published on 03/9/2016 on www.atlasoflight.com, the blog that preceded atlasartpress.com]
Why do people so mix up the meaning of humility? Humility isn't at all about denying one's abilities and accomplishments. Humility is simply knowing the truth about yourself, and about where you come from, and about Who gets the ultimate credit. - St. Therese of Lisieux -
Within this 3rd day of trying on new clothes, you'll find a tricky little number--a style that will surely make you appear grounded. You might have to dig deep to find this one, so reach all the way to the bottom of your wardrobe--it may have even fallen on the floor--and gather up HUMILITY, the third of seven new outfits for your wardrobe.
There's no room for haute couture in this virtue! It is not high fashion, but low fashion--begging to be subdued and help you to stick in with the crowd, while still maintaining your own uniqueness. This one keeps you approachable and sharp with 'less is more' in mind.
- has an Old French origin of umelite "humility, modesty, sweetness" and Latin origin from humilis "to be modest or have a low view of one's own importance".
- references the human as humble, because the humble human knows the truth about her earthy origins ("soil" is the root meaning of "human"!).
- is similar to modesty, humbleness, meekness, diffidence, unassertiveness; lack of pride, lack of vanity; servility, submissiveness
- is NOT pride, aggressiveness, arrogance, boastfulness, and vanity.
- is knowing your own uniqueness--like an individual leaf amid an entire tree.
- is giving up your pride and still retaining your dignity.
- is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.
- improves your health because it involves self-regulation in situations that may lead to conflict, which is stressful. (People that do practice humility in relationships form stronger social bonds and better coping skills for conflict.)
Show YOURSELF Humility today by:
- not wearing your achievements on your sleeve (or on social media) and allowing yourself to not stand out in a crowd.
- understanding your strengths and weaknesses and accepting them at a higher comfort level.
- being truthful at all times--truth feeds humility and lies feed pride.
Show OTHERS (I'm talkin kids & family members, too!) Humility today, by:
- giving them your full attention without multi-tasking (pride is filled with self-importance, humility is the lack of self-importance).
- being helpful regardless of the cost [of time or resources] as people that are helpful are generally more humble.
- opening your mind and heart to the knowledge, stories, and opinions of others as to create pure acceptance of them and their importance and value in this world.
Maybe you can share the GIVING CARD with someone?
[If you missed the last post: (Wardrobe of Virtues: 7 Days of New Clothes), check it out now and download your FREE Wardrobe of Virtues!]
dearly loved, clothes yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. forgive... and overall put on LOVE.
[adapted from Colossians 3:12-14]
REFERENCES: I referred to a few sources in writing of this post: the holy bible, YouVersion bible app, google definitions, http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=humility, http://www.baltimorechronicle.com/human.html, http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2013/october-13/measuring-humility-and-its-positive-effects.html, http://www.livescience.com/17701-humble-people-helpful.html, https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/09/12/anne-truitt-humility-compassion-righteousness/, http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/humility-in-the-workplace.html