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THE “WHAT WHY & HOW” OF HUMILITY

From The Family Virtues Guide

WHAT IS HUMILITY?

When you are humble, you don’t consider yourself more important that other people. You are happy to serve others and think other people’s needs are important. When you are humble, you don’t criticize others. You don’t criticize or shame yourself either. Humility helps you to understand that life is for learning and to be aware that no matter how much you know, there is always more. It means that you don’t expect to be perfect. When you make a mistake, you are willing to learn from it. When you need help, you are not too proud to ask for it.

Humility is doing your best without attracting too much attention to yourself. Ii is giving what you have to give, not to impress others, but just for the sake of giving.

WHY PRACTICE HUMILITY?

Humility is important because it keeps you focused on your own growth rather than the faults of others. If you worry about impressing others, they will start to tell what they want you to be and you will lose part of yourself.

Humility helps you learn from mistakes instead of being ashamed of them. Humility helps you to treat others as equals, different yet equal. Humility let’s you learn from others.

It keeps you free from prejudice and from judging others.

HOW DO YOU PRACTICE HUMILITY?

To practice humility, don’t pay a lot of attention to what others say about you, good or bad. Don’t waste your energy trying to impress others. Just be yourself and do your best.

Humility helps you to realize everyone is a human being—each one is different but still a person. You don’t waste time trying to figure out who is more important, comparing yourself to others. Instead of competing, you strive to perfect your own gifts. When you do wonderful things, humility reminds you to be thankful instead of boastful.

When you are humble, you aren’t afraid to ask for help when you need it. Everyone needs help sometimes.

When you are humble, you don’t worry over your mistakes. Instead you are eager to learn from them. You pay attention to what you have to learn rather than what you have already done. You keep on growing all of your life. You don’t ever act as if you are finished.

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