Humility is the opposite of hubris. Wikipedia describes it as the act of being humble, and the word humble comes from the root word humus, of the earth. It involves suppressing one’s innermost desire to shine a spotlight on their lives or the good deeds that they’re doing. It involves taking a mental step back and having the emotional fortitude and spiritual capacity to not showcase, brag or boast. Or as C.S. Lewis puts it, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.”
Humble people can receive a bad rap. Humility is frequently associated with being too passive, submissive or insecure, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In observing the world, we don’t see a lot of humility these days. But pride is all over the place. And in light of the upcoming presidential race and the increase in narcissism among our youth, I think it’s safe to say that, as a society, we could use a little more humility.
How has humility impacted your life…your relationships with colleagues and/or family? Has it been a current throughout your lifetime.