Many people, myself included, confuse humility with low self-esteem. On the face of it, they can seem to be rather similar. They both seem to be about not making a big deal regarding the positive qualities of the self.

There is, however, a big difference between the two, and the way they can make us feel about ourselves and relate to others.

False humility (lack of self-worth)  refers to attacking one’s own talents and accomplishments. This can lead to feelings that one is not good enough and that others always deserve better than us. This can make our lives truly miserable because it denies the strength and goodness that we have in us. It can also make us less generous because we generally feel that we don’t have enough for ourselves and so have nothing extra to give to others.

True humility, on the other hand, is about recognising one’s strengths and qualities, but (and here is the important part) being aware that they are given to us as a gift from a higher source of power. This recognition that these strengths are not of our own creation leads to a freedom from the destructive effects of ego on our character. It enables us to be free in our interactions with others. We know that the source of our qualities can never be taken away from us and so we feel more open to giving generously to others.



8 thoughts on “Humility

  1. Quite so. My talents and abilities are a gift from God. I have been blessed with many talents and skills… sometimes too many I fear. I love to do so many things and writing is just one of them. I also love to do beading, needlework, crocheting, knitting, latch-hook, coloring and doing other artwork. I’m also thirsty for knowledge of all kinds and read a lot. I once took a test that was supposed to tell me what I was interested in. Turns out I am interested in everything. LOL. I wish, sometimes, that I could just settle down to one interest but I don’t seem to be able to do that. HELP! I’m not saying that I do all of those things brilliantly but I do enjoy doing them. The doing is the fun part. And now you know why I don’t write as much as I should. LOL

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    • Hahaha – everything! Love that!
      I have come to realise that when something frightens me, I learn more about it until that fears goes away, and then I tend to lose interest. I could give you a list of my interests, past and present, but I’m not sure how interesting that would be to you.
      Writing seems to be bucking that trend in that I seem not so much to have a fear of it, but a genuine love of expressing myself.
      I want to help others to appreciate things through what I write. I want to touch people’s hearts. I want to entertain and inform. I want to share.
      I sense the same things in you, Orpha. 🙂


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