Isn’t it amazing that we didn’t actually have to do anything in order to receive the gift of a beautiful voice or artistic flare? Each of us was born with a unique set of skills and abilities, but quite often, it can be tempting to take credit for what was freely given to us at birth.
This type of vanity is commonly referred to as the ego, which is a huge block to true humility. The ego can almost be thought of as a rebellious devil sitting on our shoulder. It not only wants to take full credit for our talents, but expects them to be honored and utilized in the way it sees fit.
When speaking about humility, it often gets confused with humiliation, so, let’s take a look at the difference between the two:
- Humility is defined as a ‘modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc.’
- Humiliation, on the other hand, is defined as a ‘state of disgrace or loss of self-respect.’
There is nothing disgraceful about humbly acknowledging our blessings and expressing our thanks for them, but this is certainly different than being boastful about our accomplishments.
Humble people don’t necessarily think less of themselves; they simply don’t think entirely about themselves, and are appreciative for what comes to them.
Along those lines, humility can be tied to patience as well. When we are actively pursuing something like a relationship, for example, we can become impatient that it is not happening quickly enough for us.
However, it is only later that we come to understand and are humbled by the fact that the timing worked out better than we could have imagined. We often look back and find ourselves saying something like, “How perfect that I met my spouse when I did, because I was ready and could appreciate it.”
A friend of mine often says, “Bless it or block it.” This means if we are meant to have something, then it will arrive and bless our life. If not, then it will be blocked to protect us.
So, with this in mind, if we have done our very best and taken the appropriate actions, we can then let go of the results, and simply trust the outcome.
Walk with humility today and unblock yourself from the dictates of the ego.