There are times we don’t contemplate doing the right thing because we would appear to someone else as being incapable. In other words we might do something that would benefit us in the long run because of pride. When we want to look like we know it all we wouldn’t admit that we need more education. When we want to look like a superstar we wouldn’t admit we need more exercise. When we want to look better than we are we won’t admit it. Our attitude is corrupted by our own pride.
The poem “Indispensable Man” by Saxon White Kessinger talks about pride,
“Sometime when you’re feeling important;
Sometime when your ego’s in bloom
Sometime when you take it for granted
You’re the best qualified in the room.
Sometime when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how they humble your soul;
Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to your wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining
Is a measure of how you’ll be missed.
You can splash all you wish when you enter;
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop and you’ll find that in no time
It looks quite the same as before.
The moral of this quaint example
Is do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There’s no indispensable man.
There are many things that humility will allow us to become, better is one of them and there are many things that pride will prevent us from becoming.
Develop a teachable spirit. Listen to learn.