“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”-C.S. Lewis
What was important for me to learn with humility is the ability to genuinely admit that I have shortcomings and not rationalize them. Through humility, I was able to find freedom from pride and arrogance. I became honest with what I could accomplish. I trusted that I could respond to life authentically if I used what I knew and not what I pretended to know. I’m finding now that if I do not get things right the first time around then that’s okay. I am human. I have good days and bad days. Mainly, I learned how to treat myself and others with compassion. I don’t point-fingers, condemn or make excuses anymore. I take responsibility for my choices and learn from them. I was relieved once the blindfold of delusion was removed. I saw all the mistakes I had made. I was able to see all the people I had harmed; which caused me to feel distracted with shame. I knew I had to do something about how I felt. Otherwise, this feeling of shame would cause me to eat myself to my grave. I made a conscious effort to promote the welfare of others by making my an amends list.
I felt anxious as I made my list, but I also felt compassion. In any respect, my list was difficult to face, but I accepted the task with a calm nature. My equality of being was the metamorphosis I needed in order to accept and love myself, in turn, give that acceptance and love to others. I found balance in a most difficult situation. I do not count myself lucky as this balance just happens. It happened to me and it happened to others. I am one of many, and collectively, we can make this world a better place by finding humility and compassion.
What are your thoughts on humility and compassion?