“These are the few ways we can practice 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.”
― Mother Teresa
But, it’s hard to be humble, Mother Teresa.
I want to talk about myself. I think I’m fascinating. I have lots of good stories.
Other people’s business is titillating. Hearing about the misfortune of others makes me feel better about my own mistakes and failings.
I am better at managing my family’s affairs than they are. I know what is best for everyone, always.
There are no valid corrections needed for my own thoughts and behavior. I am usually right.
If I pass over the mistakes of others, how will they learn? I need to show others the proper way to live.
I cannot allow an insult to pass. How dare anyone impugn me?
Being forgotten or disliked is not an option. I am well-liked and remembered by everyone.
If I am provoked, I have the right to respond in kind, don’t I?
My dignity must always remain intact, even in the most trying circumstances. I have my pride.
Teach me humility, Mother Teresa. The right way is not the easy way; it’s the hardest.
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