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the art and practice of humility

HEART in coaching with HEART has more meaning than just the word HEART.  HEART means, humility, encouragement, acknowledgement, relationships and trust.

Having HEART means working on those five life essentials daily and it means reflecting on each element and asking the question “Did I perform them well?” In our society standing out is more important than letting others shine.

Wayne Mack writes from his book “Humility” this definition, “… a truly humble person is not arrogant and assuming in his relationship with people”.    The value opposite of humility is pride.  Pride says that “I am” all that is, I am all that others need to see or hear.  In other words pride is putting the center of focus on the individual rather than away from it.

Practicing thankfulness is one way to begin to defeat pride.   Being thankful for all of life including other people is emblematic of those who are humble.   Putting others first in all of life is an act of humility.

Pride says, “I am better than ___________”.   Pride has no room for others.

If pride takes over a person’s life then there is little room for others to share or play a part in that person’s life.  If pride pushes other people away, humility draws other people closer.

The humble person has to be able to manage emotions well, anger, bitterness, impatience, and defeatism all have to be mastered and that takes time and effort.

How would you describe yourself, humble or proud?

Do you have difficulty with pride?

Do you practice humility?

make a difference today

The “Indispensable Man” by Saxon White Kessinger from John Maxwell’s book Talent is Never enough.

 

Sometime when you feel 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 the 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 you can,

Be proud of yourself but remember, 

  There is no indispensable man.

 

 

We can make a difference in the world while we are there.  The moment we leave someone else will fill the gap.   It doesn’t mean that while we are there that what we do doesn’t matter, it does.  It just means that as time goes by others can pick up where you left off and continue.  Make the difference that you can today.